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Re^4: Using Look-ahead and Look-behind

by JohnN (Initiate)
on Oct 15, 2012 at 15:09 UTC ( #999100=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Using Look-ahead and Look-behind
in thread Using Look-ahead and Look-behind

I have a dumb question.

This code works well (THANKS Roy!) when looking for DNA string matches within a genome sequence but not when the * is changed to {50,100}

/CCGG # Match starting at DNA sequence CCGG ( (?: (?!CCGG) # make sure we're not finding duplicates mid-stream . # accept any character )*? # any number of times BUT not greedily <==== ) AATT # and ending at AATT /x;


/CCGG ( (?: (?!CCGG) . ){50,100}? # <==== ) AATT # and ending at AATT /x;

This latter one does not have dupes of CCGG but does have dupes of AATT. The previous snippet has no dupes of either CCGG or AATT.

A follow-up: The following code snippet fixes my problem, and I have NO idea why! I tried it out of desperation

/CCGG ( (?: (?!AATT|CCGG) # <============= . # ){50,100}? # Here the "?" is not required but I'm anal ) # AATT # /x;

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Re^5: Using Look-ahead and Look-behind
by choroba (Archbishop) on Oct 15, 2012 at 15:25 UTC
    When * is changed to ^, it does not work either. Why are you changing it at all?

    But jokes aside: The *? matches after seeing the first occurence of AATT, so there are no dupes. The {50,100} must match at least 50 times, so if there is AATT after say 25th character, it cannot stop there and must match a larger string.

    Use YAPE::Regex::Explain to see what your regular expresions mean.

    Moreover, you are replying to a node that is not related to your question.

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Re^5: Using Look-ahead and Look-behind
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 15, 2012 at 15:28 UTC

    Great, please take it to Seekers Of Perl Wisdom, see Re^2: Using Look-ahead and Look-behind

    You forgot to include sample input, no matter, here are clues, run these and compare

    perl -Mre=debug -le " $_ = q/foobarfoodrinkAATT/; /foo((?:(?!bar).){1, +5}?)AATT/; "

    perl -Mre=debug -le " $_ = q/foobarfoodrinkAATTAATT/; /foo((?:(?!bar). +){6,10}?)AATT/; "

    50,100 means match at minimum 50 but no more than 100

    .* means match at least zero times

    in my short example, first AATT appears at 6, so it is included in the match

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