Re: String parsing (2 questions)

Discussion in 'Perl Misc' started by Jürgen Exner, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. "Robert Crandal" <> wrote:
    >My text file contains a list of strings that look similar to this:
    >
    >ID1 ID2 ID3 Full name ID4
    >----- --- ------------ ---------------- -----
    >6523 222 000000564 Adams Cody J 9999
    >1113 532 000000642 Barnes II Bob R 9999
    >786 123 000000441 Carter Sr James 9999
    >3333 245 000000994 Jones Jr Roy J 9999
    >5644 370 000000234 Martin Tom R 9999
    >2331 333 000000111 Van Horn Tim R 9999
    >etc. etc....
    >
    >Question 1:
    >I will be running a while(<>) loop that reads each line
    >one at a time. How can I extract just the ID1, ID2,
    >and the "full name" into string variables during each
    >loop iteration???


    perldoc -f split

    >Question 2: (difficult)
    >Suppose we have extracted the "full name" string into
    >a variable named $full_name. How can I extract
    >the "first name", "middle initial", and "last name plus suffix"?
    >This seems complicated, because some names are missing
    >middle initials. Also, some last names contain an optional
    >suffix (such as Jr, Sr, or II, or III). Also, some last names
    >have two parts, such as "Van Horn".


    By employing a data typist who can leverage human intelligence and
    therefore may get it right for maybe 90% of cases.

    jue
    Jürgen Exner, Aug 29, 2012
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