Regexp help needed

I have some text documents containing series of questions and answers.
I need to extract all questions and answers to load a database.
No problem in reading the text document or writing to the database.
I need help with the regexps to parse the document (please note that
some questions and answers extend on two or more lines).

This is an example of the documents I have to deal with:

*1) Is this the first question ?
a. Yes
b. No

*2) Is this question composed
of two lines ?
a. Yes, indeed
b. Maybe
c. I dont’ know

Many thanks in advance,
Bruno

On May 1, 2008, at 3:41 AM, Brubix wrote:

I have some text documents containing series of questions and answers.
I need to extract all questions and answers to load a database.
No problem in reading the text document or writing to the database.
I need help with the regexps to parse the document (please note that
some questions and answers extend on two or more lines).

I would probably do it without leaning on regular expressions in this
case:

#!/usr/bin/env ruby -wKU

DATA.each("") do |qna|
answers = qna.to_a
question = answers.shift
question << answers.shift until question.strip[-1] == ??

 puts "Question:  #{question}"
 puts "Answers:"
 puts answers

end

END
*1) Is this the first question ?
a. Yes
b. No

*2) Is this question composed
of two lines ?
a. Yes, indeed
b. Maybe
c. I dont’ know

If you really want the regular expression though, this seems to work:

#!/usr/bin/env ruby -wKU

DATA.read.scan(/^(*\d+) [\s\S]+??) *\n((?:^[a-z]. .+?\n)+)/m) do
|q, a|
puts “Question: #{q}”
puts “Answers:”
puts a.to_a
end

END
*1) Is this the first question ?
a. Yes
b. No

*2) Is this question composed
of two lines ?
a. Yes, indeed
b. Maybe
c. I dont’ know

Hope that helps.

James Edward G. II

On May 1, 3:41 am, Brubix [email protected] wrote:

I have some text documents containing series of questions and answers.
I need to extract all questions and answers to load a database.
No problem in reading the text document or writing to the database.
I need help with the regexps to parse the document (please note that
some questions and answers extend on two or more lines).

This is an example of the documents I have to deal with:

qa = "*1) Is this the first question ?
a. Yes
b. No

*2) Is this question composed
of two lines ?
a. Yes, indeed
b. Maybe
c. I dont’ know"

qa.scan(/(*\d+).??.?)([^])/m).map do |q, ans|
[q, ans.scan(/\n([a-z]…*)/).flatten]
end

=> [["*1) Is this the first question ?", [“a. Yes”, “b. No”]], ["*2)
Is this question composed\nof two lines ?", [“a. Yes, indeed”, “b.
Maybe”, "c. I dont’ know "]]]

That makes various assumptions about the appearance of ‘*’ and how
answers start/end, but it should be a start.

All the proposed solutions work perfectly !

Thanks to both of you.

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