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I'm looking to extract names from a string that is typically formatted like the following examples:

  • Paul Jones¬†and Mike Smith
  • Emily Salazar, Marcia Dunn, and John Miller
  • Mike Smith

The following code seems to be working:

var inputValues = inputString.split(/, (?:and )?|(?: and )/);

Does anyone have any ideas for streamlining the regex portion? I'm especially interested if there's a way to write it without the straight bar (|).

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I might replace the " and " with ", ", then split.

inputString.replace(/ and /g, ", ").split(/,[\s,]*/)


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