Regular Expressions for Google Analytics: OK, I did it

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February 23, 2007

regular-expressionsI was finally inspired by Alan, who reads this blog using his Blackberry on the Paris Metro. (Truly a world wide web.) Also inspiring were the comments of an anonymous poster, who wrote that all the Regular Expressions (RegEx) posts were incredibly helpful, but couldn’t I please make them easier to access? So I did it, they are all beautifully threaded now. I even fixed awful typos in the Summary/Intro post and the ^ post (and you know, typos are the worst when you are a newbie learning a technical topic, you can spend hours trying to understand a topic, only to finally learn that the author was just lazy.)

Dots .
Carats ^
Dollars signs $
Question marks ?
Pipes |
Parentheses ()
Square brackets []and dashes –
Plus signs +
Stars *
Regular Expressions for Google Analytics: Now let’s Practice
Bad Greed
RegEx and Good Greed
Intro to RegEx
Minimal Matching


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  • Anonymous

    Thank you!!!! Your anonymous reader!

  • Anonymous

    Hey, I’ve got a question, I finished your tutorial, and then set up an advanced filter in GA, and I’m not getting the results i expected.

    Here’s what I’ve got:

    Field A : Request URI : (Donate|Ecommerce|EcommerceCheckout)/(d+)(.*)

    Field B nothing

    Output to: request URI: $A1$A3

    Override output field, ok.

    But I’m still not removing a string of numbers from my urls. Help!

  • LunaMetrics Blog

    Send me email, to my last name at (Actually, I would be happy to have you be anonymous, I just need to ask you more questions to understand better.)


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