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# Extract maximum numeric value from a given string | Set 2 (Regex approach)

• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 29 May, 2018

Given an alphanumeric string, extract maximum numeric value from that string.

Examples:

```Input : 100klh564abc365bg
Output : 564
Maximum numeric value among 100, 564
and 365 is 564.
Input : abchsd0365sdhs
Output : 365
```

## Recommended: Please solve it on “PRACTICE” first, before moving on to the solution.

In Set 1, we have discussed general approach for extract numeric value from given string.In this post, we will discuss regular expression approach for same.

Below is one of the regular expression for at least one numeric digit.

```\d+
```

So Regex solution is simple:

1. Initialize MAX = 0
2. Run loop over matcher, whenever match found, convert numeric string to integer and compare it with MAX.
• If number greater than MAX, update MAX to number.
3. Return MAX at the last.
 `// Java regex program to extract the maximum value`` ` `import` `java.util.regex.Matcher;``import` `java.util.regex.Pattern;`` ` `class` `GFG ``{``    ``// Method to extract the maximum value``    ``static` `int` `extractMaximum(String str)``    ``{``        ``// regular expression for atleast one numeric digit``        ``String regex = ``"\\d+"``;``         ` `        ``// compiling regex``        ``Pattern p = Pattern.compile(regex);``         ` `        ``// Matcher object``        ``Matcher m = p.matcher(str);``         ` `        ``// initialize MAX = 0``        ``int` `MAX = ``0``;``         ` `        ``// loop over matcher``        ``while``(m.find())``        ``{``            ``// convert numeric string to integer``            ``int` `num = Integer.parseInt(m.group());``             ` `            ``// compare num with MAX, update MAX if num > MAX``            ``if``(num > MAX)``                ``MAX = num;``        ``}``          ` `        ``return` `MAX;    ``    ``}`` ` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main (String[] args)``    ``{``        ``String str = ``"100klh564abc365bg"``;``         ` `        ``System.out.println(extractMaximum(str));``    ``}``}`

Output:

```564
```

But above program wouldn’t work if number is greater that integer range. You can try parseLong() method for numbers upto long range.But to handle the case of large numbers(greater than long range) we can take help of BigInteger class in java. Below is the java program to demonstrate the same.

 `// Java regex program to extract the maximum value``// in case of large numbers`` ` `import` `java.math.BigInteger;``import` `java.util.regex.Matcher;``import` `java.util.regex.Pattern;`` ` `class` `GFG ``{``    ``// Method to extract the maximum value``    ``static` `BigInteger extractMaximum(String str)``    ``{``        ``// regular expression for atleast one numeric digit``        ``String regex = ``"\\d+"``;``         ` `        ``// compiling regex``        ``Pattern p = Pattern.compile(regex);``         ` `        ``// Matcher object``        ``Matcher m = p.matcher(str);``         ` `        ``// initialize MAX = 0``        ``BigInteger MAX = BigInteger.ZERO;``         ` `        ``// loop over matcher``        ``while``(m.find())``        ``{``            ``// convert numeric string to BigIntegr``            ``BigInteger num = ``new` `BigInteger(m.group());``             ` `            ``// compare num with MAX, update MAX if num > MAX``            ``if``(num.compareTo(MAX) > ``0``)``                ``MAX = num;``        ``}``          ` `        ``return` `MAX;    ``    ``}`` ` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main (String[] args)``    ``{``        ``String str = ``"100klh564231315151313151315abc365bg"``;``         ` `        ``System.out.println(extractMaximum(str));``    ``}``}`

Output:

```564231315151313151315
```

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