Web scraping - Web scraping also known as Web data...

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Web scraping , also known as Web data extraction or Web harvesting , is a software method of extracting data from websites. Web scraping is closely related and similar to Web indexing, which indexes Web content. Web indexing is the method used by most search engines. The difference with Web scraping is that it focuses more on the translation of unstructured content on the Web, characteristically in rich text format like that of HTML , into controlled data that can be analyzed stored and in a spreadsheet or database. Web scraping also makes Web browsing more efficient and productive for users. For example, Web scraping automates weather data monitoring, online price comparison, and website change recognition and data integration. This clever method that uses specially coded software programs is also used by public agencies. Government operations and Law enforcement authorities use data scrape methods to develop information files useful against crime and evaluation of criminal behaviors. Medical industry researchers get the benefit and use of Web scraping to gather up data and analyze statistics concerning diseases such as AIDS and the most recent strain of influenza like the recent swine flu H1N1 epidemic. Data scraping is an automatic task performed by a software program that extracts data output from another program, one that is more individual friendly. Data scraping is a helpful device for programmers who have to generate a line through a legacy system when it is no longer reachable with up to date
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2010 for the course ECON fin121 taught by Professor Peck during the Fall '10 term at Academy of Design Tampa.

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