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hi,

i have problem with regular expression in php..
suppose i want to create a search facility..
when user entered, for example : "artist+korean+pop",
it will begin a search using these 3 words as a keywords.

My problem is.. i don't know how to form a regular expression that match these criterias...
For that example, i will form "(artist|korean|pop)+(artist|korean|pop)+(artist|korean|pop)+".

Very silly heh? if there're 10keywords, it will grow too...
could somebody help me,plz...
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Question by:winart
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by:venkateshwarr
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Why dont you match inidividual strings in a loop

$strs = split(" ", "artist korean php");

for($i=0;$i<sizeof($strs);$i++)
{
       //match pattern with $strs[$i];
}

venkat.
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by:winart
ID: 10709883
that's not what i want..

the pattern "artist+korean+pop" means :
1. these string : "artist korean pop" is match.
2. string : "korean artist pop" is match too!
3. string : "pop artist korean" is match too!

i bet your solution just worked for the 1st possibilities,right?

thx anyway..
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venkateshwarr earned 600 total points
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The above loop checks if each individual pattern keyword is present in the string.....

So what you have to do is "artist+korean+pop"
while searching a string if you find a keyword "korean" the check the next two keywords in the string for "artist" and "pop"
similarly if you find "pop" check the next two keywords for "artist" and "korean"

Of course you have to automate this for any number of keywords...

venkat.
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by:winart
ID: 10712771
that's my problem!

i think it is very silly to create a looping for thing like that..
cause there'll be too many possibilities..
there a simpler approach, right?
by using regular expression...

thx,
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by:winart
ID: 10720813
sorry,

i've found the answer..
by using RE.
anyway, thx for helping me..

win
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