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I have a passion for strategy games
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http://www.octoparse.com
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Web Scraping Service vs. Automatic Web Scraper: Which is the best option for web scraping?

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 3:43am 0 Comments

 

What is web scraping?

Web scraping aka. web extraction or web crawling refers to the process of obtaining various unstructured information from any websites and turn it into structured, clean data such as xls, csv, or txt or populate the captured data to a database directly. Some common uses of web scraping include lead generation, data collection for academic researches, price monitoring from…

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Top 30 Big Data Tools for Data Analysis

Posted on August 27, 2017 at 10:42pm 0 Comments

There are thousands of big data tools out there for data analysis today. Data analysis is the process of inspecting, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, suggesting conclusions, and supporting decision making. To save your time, in this post, I will list out 30 top big data tools for data analysis in the areas ofopen source data…

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Octoparse vs. Import.io comparison: which is best for web scraping?

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Web scraping software, also known as data extraction tool, is the software to collect the data from the website. It’s usually not easy for us to pick up a web scraping tool as there’s so many web scraping tools available now (refer to Top 30 Free Web Scraping Software to learn more). That’s why I decided to put the web scraping tool…

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3 Typical Ways to Use Web Scraping Tools for Marketing Decision

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 4:00am 0 Comments

(from http://www.octoparse.com/blog/3-typical-ways-to-use-web-scraping-to...)

Web scraping, also known as web crawling, (web) data extraction, data mining, screen scraping, is the process of collecting large amounts of data from the web, then save to a file, database, etc. Let’s dig deeper into web…

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At 10:28am on August 18, 2017, Michael Levin said…

Happy birthday, Paul!

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Hi Paul. Welcome to Codetown. All the best, Michael
 
 
 

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