user6561340 user6561340 - 4 months ago 9
Python Question

Python list comprehensions with regular expressions on a text

I have a text file which includes integers in the text. There are one or more integers in a line or none. I want to find these integers with regular expressions and compute the sum.

I have managed to write the code:

import re
doc = raw_input("File Name:")
text = open(doc)
lst = list()
total = 0

for line in text:
nums = re.findall("[0-9]+", line)
if len(nums) == 0:
for num in nums:
num = int(num)
total += num
print total

But i also want to know the list comprehension version, can someone help?


Since you want to calculate the sum of the numbers after you find them It's better to use a generator expression with re.finditer() within sum(). Also if the size of file in not very huge you better to read it at once, rather than one line at a time.

import re
doc = raw_input("File Name:")
with open(doc) as f:
    text =

total = sum(int( for g in re.finditer(r'\d+', text))