What regular expression can I use to change values in a string field? I need to change the letter
B to a symbol
- before the digits, and digits with letter
F to make positive.
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If you want to use regular expressions, you can do this with the following expression in the field calculator - see the PCRE Regex Cheatsheet (that's the regular expression engine QGIS uses) [not reachable right now, see another site instead for the moment and let's hope the former site will be back soon] for functions and syntax.
This solution first converts your input to an array (each element delimited with _ is considered a separate value in the array), then with a for loop using array_foreach replaces the values: first, F is replaced with an empty value '', than from this output, it replaces any string at the beginning
^(.*), followed by
B at the end of the string (
$) with a
- followed by the element at the first positon (
\\1 - the cheatsheet above says: "\Y Match the Y'th captured group" - however, in QGIS you have to use two \ as mentioned in the context help of the expression editor) of the input:
array_to_string ( array_foreach ( string_to_array( "string", '_'), regexp_replace ( regexp_replace( @element, '^(.*)B$', '-\\1'), 'F', '' ) ) )
You can also create a virtual field to get dynamic updates when you insert new values in the first column:
One of the solutions in a long way may be the following.
array_to_string( array_foreach( string_to_array(linecode, '_'), if( right(@element, 1) = 'F', substr(@element, 0, strpos(@element, 'F') - 1), '-' + substr(@element,0, strpos(@element, 'B') - 1) ) ) )
How does it work:
['6F', '45F', '29B']
F, return all characters except of the last one (
F(then the last character is
B), then return all characters except of the last one (
B) and add
-to the beginning of
['6', '45', '-29']