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Determining encoding of text in Python

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We can use the chardet module to help us determine the encoding of text in Python.

Examples

Let us assume we have a file sample.csv that we want to check encoding for. We can do this using chardet.detect(~) as follows:

import chardet

# check the first five thousand bytes to guess the encoding
with open("sample.csv", 'rb') as text:
encoding = chardet.detect(text.read(5000))

# check what the character encoding might be
print(encoding)
{'encoding': 'UTF-8', 'confidence': 0.95, 'language': ''}

chardet simply makes a best guess of the coding but may not be correct all the time.

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