I recently place a question on how to change the placement of a combination of digits, letter or digits and letters in the rows of a single field in a dBase file so that it follow a particular output format. I got many helpful responses and am now trying to take this to the next level. The digits and letters in each row are different lengths and do not follow any standard pattern. Here are three examples for hypothetical values: 12NESW3SESE NWNW 1. The first contains a combination of digits and letters, the second, letters only, and the third a single digit The desired modification follows a rule where starting at the left of the string, the first consecutive digits, if any, are to be placed after the first consecutive letters, if any, separated by a semicolon, and the next consecutive digits, if any, are to be place after the next consecutive letters, if any, separated by and semicolon. A comma is placed between any modified set of combo sets of letters;digits. This patter continues regardless of the number of sets of digits or letters. So, the three rows above are changed to NESW;12,SESE;3 NWNW ;1. I used a script provided by Darren Wiens in his response to my original post. His script works perfect. However, it uses a single quoted value for variable aa. I attempted to modify the script as posted below, so that it would change the values per arcpy.da.UpdateCursor and changing variable aa = row. I have a couple of failures. First, the final list does not include the characters from list_2. Second, I receive a a runtime error "NameError: name 'cursor' is not defined".
I am attaching a small sample dbf table with the original values in the field "aliquot_pa" and the desired modifications shown in the field "format". I am wanting to update "aliquot_pa" to match "format".
Thanks all of you that responded before and any help with this is very much appreciated. Bob Schoolar
featureClass = "E:\\GLO_Conversion\\test.dbf"
fields = ('aliquot_pa')
with arcpy.da.UpdateCursor(featureClass,fields) as cursor:
for row in cursor:
aa = row
prev_type = aa.isdigit()
list_1 = 
cur_word = ''
for char in aa:
if char.isdigit() == prev_type:
cur_word += char
cur_word = char
prev_type = char.isdigit()
list_2 = 
for i in range(0,len(list_1),14):
list_2.append(list_1[i+1] + ';' + list_1[i])
final_list = ','.join(list_2)