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9 Ways to Grow Your Business with Custom Web Scraping Tools

What is a custom web scraping tool?

A custom web scraping tool is a web scraping software that allows its users to extract data from websites without writing a single line of code. Tools of this kind are built on web scraping techniques. In other words, it’s a coding-free web scraper.

What can you do with custom web scraping tools?…

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Added by Erika Foo on June 24, 2020 at 1:30am — No Comments

Data Mining VS Data Extraction: What's the Difference?

As two typical buzzwords related to data science, data mining and data extraction confuse a lot of people. Data mining is often misunderstood as extracting and obtaining data, but it is actually way more complicated than that. In this post, let’s find out the difference between data mining and data extraction. 

 

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  • What is Data Mining?
  • What Can Data Mining Do?
  • Some Use Cases of Data…
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Added by Erika Foo on June 1, 2020 at 1:30am — No Comments

Competitor Monitoring for Price Strategy and Product Planning

Because launching an online business has little to no initial cost, aspiring entrepreneurs will likely face a number of rivals who may try to undercut their pricing. Therefore, it is important to monitor your competitors to determine what products they are offering at what price. Monitoring competitors’ product listings will give you a wealth of valuable information about your competitors—perhaps a well-funded rival is doing penetration testing into one of your niches, or maybe you’re…

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Added by Erika Foo on May 28, 2020 at 9:30pm — No Comments

3 Ways to Scrape Data from a Table

There is a lot of data presented in a table format inside the web pages. However, it could be quite difficult when you try to store the data into local computers for later access. The problem would be that the data is embedded inside the HTML which is unavailable to download in a structured format like CSV. Web scraping is the easiest way to obtain the data into your local computer.

 

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table data from …

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Added by Erika Foo on March 30, 2020 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Extract Data from Website to Excel Automatically

To extract data from websites, you can take advantage of data extraction tools like Octoparse. These tools can pull data from websites automatically and save them into many formats such as Excel, JSON, CSV, HTML, or to your own database via APIs. It only takes a few minutes to extract thousands of lines of data, and the best part is…

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Added by Erika Foo on March 22, 2020 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Coronavirus Data Extraction and Visualization

Since Korea confirmed the first case of Coronavirus on January 20th 2020, the total number of infected has reached 7,869 as of March 12nd. Although this pandemic outbreak shows a sign of being contained in the country, it’s still uncertain how long it will take before we completely beat the…

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Added by Erika Foo on March 16, 2020 at 12:55am — No Comments

What is Web Scraping and How Does It Work

Web scraping, also known as web harvesting and  web data extraction, basically refers to collecting data from websites via the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) or through web browsers. 

How does web scraping work?

Generally, web scraping involves three steps: 

  • first, we send a GET request to the server and we will receive a response in a form of web…
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Added by Erika Foo on March 16, 2020 at 12:30am — No Comments

How to Extract Data from PDF to Excel

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed by Adobe to present documents, including text formatting and images, in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems. (From Wikipedia

Nowadays people use PDF…

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Added by Erika Foo on November 11, 2019 at 7:01pm — No Comments

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