Filtering Columnar Data

Jim Ault JimAultWins at
Mon Jul 16 13:47:01 EDT 2007

This should work quickly enough for you:

filter tmpData with "*"&tab&myNumber&tab&"*"
--     => good  hits + false hits only
set the itemdel to tab
repeat for each line LNN in tmpData
  if item 4 of LNN is myNumber then put LNN & cr after newTempData
end repeat
--     => newTempData should be the hit list

another approach that might help you in some way
sort lines of tmpData numeric by item 4 of each

Jim Ault
Las Vegas

On 7/16/07 8:58 AM, "Gregory Lypny" <gregory.lypny at> wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> I'm struggling with the filter command.  I have tab-delimited data in
> a field, where each row has at least 56 columns.  I want to filter
> the data based on a chosen number in that fourth column, for example,
> to return all lines that have a 9 there.  The fourth column only
> contains a number from 1 to 10.  The following handler works most of
> the time.  I put three wild card expressions, lone asterisks
> separated by tabs, to make sure nothing is being picked up in the
> first three columns.  The tab and asterisk (and it could be just an
> *) following myNumber says that it doesn't matter what is in the
> columns after the fourth.
> put fld "Data" of this card into tmpData
> filter tmpData with "*" & tab & "*" & tab & "*" & tab & myNumber &
> tab & "*"
> The trouble is, the first three wild card expressions are interpreted
> by Revolution to include tab characters, which means that I'm not
> necessarily filtering the fourth column!  If a 9 appears by itself in
> column 58, then the filter command will pick it up.  Sigh.
> I also tried the following, but I don't think I have the regular
> expression syntax right.
>     filter it with "[A-Z0-9]" & tab & "[0-9]" & tab & "[A-Z]" & tab &
> myNumber & tab & "*"
> I know that my first column always contains five words, two of which
> are numbers.  I wasn't sure how to represent the four spaces between
> the words.  The second column is always a seven-digit number.  The
> third contains first and last names, which will contain at least two
> words.  This turns up empty.
> Any advice would be most appreciated.  If I can't get the RegEx
> working for me, I know I can resort to a repeat loop and pull out all
> lines with myNumber in the fourth item.
> Regards,
> Gregory
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