Regular expressions for the rest of us

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Christian McDonald of University of Texas
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 9:00am
  • Location: Diamond Cove - conference level
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Regular expressions are a powerful way to slice, dice and clean up dirty data — a must-know skill for anyone who works with data. They may look intimidating, but they are really just pattern-matching puzzles. We'll learn the fundamentals of "regex" so you save time cleaning your next batch of data.

This session is good for: People who have ever done more than two search/replace actions to clean a data set or had to split a ZIP code from an address or otherwise want to conquer their fears of regex.

Speaker Bios

  • Christian McDonald is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Journalism, with a focus on data journalism and programming. His most recent professional position was Data Editor and Online Projects editor at the Austin American-Statesman. He also worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox publications in suburban Phoenix and Longview, Texas. Find him as @crit on Twitter.

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