My first text(Tweeter) mining Python code ERROR

Can someone help please, I am trying to extract some tweets and then perform some basic analysis. I am encountering an error and i suspect its around the below section of the code:

I defined a function called word_in_text(word, text). This function return True if a word is found in text, otherwise it returns False

def word_in_text(word, text):
    word = word.lower()
    text = [item.lower() for item in tweet]

    match =, text)

I get the following ERROR

File “*:**\Anaconda3\lib\”, line 183, in search
return _compile(pattern, flags).search(string)

TypeError: expected string or bytes-like object

Thank you

Hi and welcome @bintepo ,

To match using the package that provides regular expressions, you must first craft a regular expression. Here are some handy tools:

After catching up on that and getting to know regular expressions you should be able to re-write the function to let it perform how you’d like to.

I know it’s quite a bit to learn but it’s pretty fun and if you’re performing analysis on Tweets regular expressions will come in handy!

As always, just post back if you encounter any problems.