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Practical Web Scraping for Data Science

Best Practices and Examples with Python

Authors: vanden Broucke, Seppe, Baesens, Bart

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  • Web scraping geared toward data scientists that explains how web scraping fits into the data science workflow
  • Takes a “code first” approach to get you up to speed quickly without too much boilerplate text
  • Includes many larger, fully worked out examples
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About this book

This book provides a complete and modern guide to web scraping, using Python as the programming language, without glossing over important details or best practices. Written with a data science audience in mind, the book explores both scraping and the larger context of web technologies in which it operates, to ensure full understanding. The authors recommend web scraping as a powerful tool for any data scientist’s arsenal, as many data science projects start by obtaining an appropriate data set.

Starting with a brief overview on scraping and real-life use cases, the authors explore the core concepts of HTTP, HTML, and CSS to provide a solid foundation. Along with a quick Python primer, they cover Selenium for JavaScript-heavy sites, and web crawling in detail. The book finishes with a recap of best practices and a collection of examples that bring together everything you've learned and illustrate various data science use cases.

What You'll Learn

  • Leverage well-established best practices and commonly-used Python packages
  • Handle today's web, including JavaScript, cookies, and common web scraping mitigation techniques
  • Understand the managerial and legal concerns regarding web scraping
Who This Book is For
A data science oriented audience that is probably already familiar with Python or another programming language or analytical toolkit (R, SAS, SPSS, etc). Students or instructors in university courses may also benefit. Readers unfamiliar with Python will appreciate a quick Python primer in chapter 1 to catch up with the basics and provide pointers to other guides as well.

About the authors

Seppe vanden Broucke is an assistant professor of data and process science at the Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven, Belgium. His research interests include business data mining and analytics, machine learning, process management, and process mining. His work has been published in well-known international journals and presented at top conferences. Seppe’s teaching includes Advanced Analytics, Big Data and Information Management courses. He also frequently teaches for industry and business audiences. Besides work, Seppe enjoys travelling, reading (Murakami to Bukowski to Asimov), listening to music (Booka Shade to Miles Davis to Claude Debussy), watching movies and series (less so these days due to a lack of time), gaming, and keeping up with the news.

Bart Baesens is a professor of big data and analytics at KU Leuven, Belgium, and a lecturer at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. He has done extensive research on big data and analytics, credit risk modeling, fraud detection and marketing analytics. Bart has written more than 200 scientific papers and several books. Besides enjoying time with his family, he is also a diehard Club Brugge soccer fan. Bart is a foodie and amateur cook. He loves drinking a good glass of wine (his favorites are white Viognier or red Cabernet Sauvignon) either in his wine cellar or when overlooking the authentic red English phone booth in his garden. Bart loves traveling and is fascinated by World War I and reads many books on the topic.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    vanden Broucke, Seppe (et al.)

    Pages 3-23

  • The Web Speaks HTTP

    vanden Broucke, Seppe (et al.)

    Pages 25-48

  • Stirring the HTML and CSS Soup

    vanden Broucke, Seppe (et al.)

    Pages 49-77

  • Delving Deeper in HTTP

    vanden Broucke, Seppe (et al.)

    Pages 81-126

  • Dealing with JavaScript

    vanden Broucke, Seppe (et al.)

    Pages 127-154

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-3582-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-3581-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Practical Web Scraping for Data Science
Book Subtitle
Best Practices and Examples with Python
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Seppe vanden Broucke and Bart Baesens
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-3582-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-3582-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-3581-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 306
Number of Illustrations and Tables
35 b/w illustrations
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