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^\s*((([+]?(((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)\s+){2}([+]?((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)\s*)|((\-1(\.(0)*)?([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?\s+){2}\-1(\.(0)*)?([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?)\s*)?$
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gm
^ asserts position at start of a line
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v \u00a0\u1680\u2000-\u200a\u2028\u2029\u202f\u205f\u3000\ufeff])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
1st Capturing Group
((([+]?(((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)\s+){2}([+]?((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)\s*)|((\-1(\.(0)*)?([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?\s+){2}\-1(\.(0)*)?([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?)\s*)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
1st Alternative
(([+]?(((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)\s+){2}([+]?((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)\s*)
2nd Capturing Group
(([+]?(((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)\s+){2}([+]?((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)\s*)
3rd Capturing Group
([+]?(((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)\s+){2}
{2} matches the previous token exactly 2 times
A repeated capturing group will only capture the last iteration. Put a capturing group around the repeated group to capture all iterations or use a non-capturing group instead if you're not interested in the data
Match a single character present in the list below
[+]
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
+ matches the character + with index 4310 (2B16 or 538) literally (case sensitive)
4th Capturing Group
(((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)
5th Capturing Group
((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)
1st Alternative
(0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?
6th Capturing Group
(0|[1-9][0-9]*)
1st Alternative
0
0 matches the character 0 with index 4810 (3016 or 608) literally (case sensitive)
2nd Alternative
[1-9][0-9]*
Match a single character present in the list below
[1-9]
1-9 matches a single character in the range between 1 (index 49) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[0-9]
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0-9 matches a single character in the range between 0 (index 48) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
7th Capturing Group
(\.[0-9]*)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[0-9]
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0-9 matches a single character in the range between 0 (index 48) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
2nd Alternative
\.[0-9]+
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[0-9]
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0-9 matches a single character in the range between 0 (index 48) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
8th Capturing Group
([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
Match a single character present in the list below
[Ee]
Ee
matches a single character in the list Ee (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[+-]
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
+ matches the character + with index 4310 (2B16 or 538) literally (case sensitive)
- matches the character - with index 4510 (2D16 or 558) literally (case sensitive)
This hyphen is treated literally, which might be confusing for others. Consider escaping it or placing at the start or end of the class!
Match a single character present in the list below
[0-9]
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0-9 matches a single character in the range between 0 (index 48) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v \u00a0\u1680\u2000-\u200a\u2028\u2029\u202f\u205f\u3000\ufeff])
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
9th Capturing Group
([+]?((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?)
Match a single character present in the list below
[+]
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
+ matches the character + with index 4310 (2B16 or 538) literally (case sensitive)
10th Capturing Group
((0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?|\.[0-9]+)
1st Alternative
(0|[1-9][0-9]*)(\.[0-9]*)?
11th Capturing Group
(0|[1-9][0-9]*)
1st Alternative
0
0 matches the character 0 with index 4810 (3016 or 608) literally (case sensitive)
2nd Alternative
[1-9][0-9]*
Match a single character present in the list below
[1-9]
1-9 matches a single character in the range between 1 (index 49) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[0-9]
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0-9 matches a single character in the range between 0 (index 48) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
12th Capturing Group
(\.[0-9]*)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[0-9]
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0-9 matches a single character in the range between 0 (index 48) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
2nd Alternative
\.[0-9]+
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[0-9]
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0-9 matches a single character in the range between 0 (index 48) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
13th Capturing Group
([Ee][+-]?[0-9]+)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
Match a single character present in the list below
[Ee]
Ee
matches a single character in the list Ee (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[+-]
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
+ matches the character + with index 4310 (2B16 or 538) literally (case sensitive)
- matches the character - with index 4510 (2D16 or 558) literally (case sensitive)
This hyphen is treated literally, which might be confusing for others. Consider escaping it or placing at the start or end of the class!
Match a single character present in the list below
[0-9]
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0-9 matches a single character in the range between 0 (index 48) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v \u00a0\u1680\u2000-\u200a\u2028\u2029\u202f\u205f\u3000\ufeff])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
2nd Alternative
((\-1(\.(0)*)?([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?\s+){2}\-1(\.(0)*)?([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?)\s*
14th Capturing Group
((\-1(\.(0)*)?([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?\s+){2}\-1(\.(0)*)?([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?)
15th Capturing Group
(\-1(\.(0)*)?([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?\s+){2}
{2} matches the previous token exactly 2 times
A repeated capturing group will only capture the last iteration. Put a capturing group around the repeated group to capture all iterations or use a non-capturing group instead if you're not interested in the data
\- matches the character - with index 4510 (2D16 or 558) literally (case sensitive)
1 matches the character 1 with index 4910 (3116 or 618) literally (case sensitive)
16th Capturing Group
(\.(0)*)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
17th Capturing Group
(0)*
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
A repeated capturing group will only capture the last iteration. Put a capturing group around the repeated group to capture all iterations or use a non-capturing group instead if you're not interested in the data
0 matches the character 0 with index 4810 (3016 or 608) literally (case sensitive)
18th Capturing Group
([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
Match a single character present in the list below
[Ee]
Ee
matches a single character in the list Ee (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[+-]
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
+ matches the character + with index 4310 (2B16 or 538) literally (case sensitive)
- matches the character - with index 4510 (2D16 or 558) literally (case sensitive)
This hyphen is treated literally, which might be confusing for others. Consider escaping it or placing at the start or end of the class!
Match a single character present in the list below
[0]
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0 matches the character 0 with index 4810 (3016 or 608) literally (case sensitive)
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v \u00a0\u1680\u2000-\u200a\u2028\u2029\u202f\u205f\u3000\ufeff])
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
\- matches the character - with index 4510 (2D16 or 558) literally (case sensitive)
1 matches the character 1 with index 4910 (3116 or 618) literally (case sensitive)
19th Capturing Group
(\.(0)*)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
20th Capturing Group
(0)*
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
A repeated capturing group will only capture the last iteration. Put a capturing group around the repeated group to capture all iterations or use a non-capturing group instead if you're not interested in the data
0 matches the character 0 with index 4810 (3016 or 608) literally (case sensitive)
21st Capturing Group
([Ee][+-]?[0]+)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
Match a single character present in the list below
[Ee]
Ee
matches a single character in the list Ee (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[+-]
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
+ matches the character + with index 4310 (2B16 or 538) literally (case sensitive)
- matches the character - with index 4510 (2D16 or 558) literally (case sensitive)
This hyphen is treated literally, which might be confusing for others. Consider escaping it or placing at the start or end of the class!
Match a single character present in the list below
[0]
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0 matches the character 0 with index 4810 (3016 or 608) literally (case sensitive)
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v \u00a0\u1680\u2000-\u200a\u2028\u2029\u202f\u205f\u3000\ufeff])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
$ asserts position at the end of a line
Global pattern flags
g modifier: global. All matches (don't return after first match)
m modifier: multi line. Causes ^ and $ to match the begin/end of each line (not only begin/end of string)
Your regular expression does not match the subject string.

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