Automated Data Collection with R: A Practical Guide to Web by Simon Munzert, Christian Rubba, Dominic Nyhuis, Peter Meiner

By Simon Munzert, Christian Rubba, Dominic Nyhuis, Peter Meiner

A fingers on advisor to net scraping and textual content mining for either rookies and skilled clients of R Introduces basic thoughts of the most structure of the net and databases and covers HTTP, HTML, XML, JSON, SQL.

Provides simple ideas to question internet records and knowledge units (XPath and typical expressions). an intensive set of routines are provided to lead the reader via every one strategy.

Explores either supervised and unsupervised thoughts in addition to complicated recommendations equivalent to facts scraping and textual content administration. Case reports are featured all through besides examples for every strategy provided. R code and ideas to routines featured within the e-book are supplied on a assisting web site.

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The necessary tools—parsers—are introduced in Chapters 2 and 3. JSON Another standard data storage and exchange format that is frequently encountered on the Web is the JavaScript Object Notation or JSON. Like XML, JSON is used by many web applications to provide data for web developers. Imagine both XML and JSON as standards that define containers for plain text data. For example, if developers want to analyze trends on Twitter, they can collect the necessary data from an interface that was set up by Twitter HTML INTRODUCTION 11 to distribute the information in the JSON format.

2 and compare it to its HTML code representation below. To begin a table we make use of

. We start new lines with

. Within

, we can either use

for defining cells or

for header cells. 7 6 Although different in many respects, HTML and XML are similar regarding their grammar and thus, the discussion on HTML parsing is very relevant for XML parsing, too. XML is subject of the next chapter (Chapter 3). 7 See Chapter 4 on how to exploit the parsed representation of parsed documents for data extraction.

Three other tags can be used to gather information in a form—