Removing non numeric characters from a string

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I have been given the task to remove all non numeric characters including spaces from a either text file or string and then print the new result next to the old characters for example:


sd67637 8


sd67637 8 = 676378

As i am a beginner i do not know where to start with this task. Please Help



answered 5 years ago Jon Clements #1

Loop over your string, char by char and only include digits:

new_string = ''.join(ch for ch in your_string if ch.isdigit())

Or use a regex on your string (if at some point you wanted to treat non-contiguous groups separately)...

import re
s = 'sd67637 8' 
new_string = ''.join(re.findall(r'\d+', s))
# 676378

Then just print them out:

print(old_string, '=', new_string)

answered 5 years ago Saullo G. P. Castro #2

You can use string.ascii_letters to identify your non-digits:

from string import *

a = 'sd67637 8'
a = a.replace(' ', '')

for i in ascii_letters:
    a = a.replace(i, '')

answered 5 years ago Inbar Rose #3

There is a builtin for this.

string.translate(s, table[, deletechars])

Delete all characters from s that are in deletechars (if present), and then translate the characters using table, which must be a 256-character string giving the translation for each character value, indexed by its ordinal. If table is None, then only the character deletion step is performed.

>>> import string
>>> non_numeric_chars = ''.join(set(string.printable) - set(string.digits))
>>> non_numeric_chars = string.printable[10:]  # more effective method. (choose one)
'sd67637 8'.translate(None, non_numeric_chars)

Or you could do it with no imports (but there is no reason for this):

>>> chars = 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ!"#$%&\'()*+,-./:;<=>[email protected][\\]^_`{|}~ \t\n\r\x0b\x0c'
>>> 'sd67637 8'.translate(None, chars)

answered 5 years ago mar mar #4

The easiest way is with a regexp

import re
a = 'lkdfhisoe78347834 (())&/&745  '
result = re.sub('[^0-9]','', a)

print result
>>> '78347834745'

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