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Contributor I esboyles
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Regex to extract Twitter handles from post

Searching high and low for a regex to use with a Generate Attributes operator to pull @handle from twitter posts.

Anyone have an efficient and accurate expression that can do that?

Note, there might be multiple @handles so I want them all.

Many thanks.

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RM Certified Expert
RM Certified Expert

Re: Regex to extract Twitter handles from post

I do all that within Text Processing as part of the tokenization, but if you want to extract to do it on a tweet level I would use one of the Replace type operators with a capturing group. 

Contributor I esboyles
Contributor I

Re: Regex to extract Twitter handles from post

The search continues... trying this in a Generate Attibute operator.  (?:\s|\A)[##]+([A-Za-z0-9-_]+) thinking that I would start with generating hashtags to a store for later analysis.

 

This checks out on http://www.regexplanet.com/ but when implemented as an expression, RM states a Token recognition error at ?

Any tips on making this seemingly simple approach work? Does RM impelment the Java Regex specification or something else?

 

Thanks

 

 

 

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Community Manager

Re: Regex to extract Twitter handles from post

hi @esboyles - so a quick search here on the community for "regex not working" revealed a nice post by Ingo where he talks about the differences between javascript regex parser vs java regex parser: http://community.rapidminer.com/t5/RapidMiner-Studio-Forum/regex-not-working/m-p/35676

 

Scott

Scott Genzer
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