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st: question : linking results of web queries to data


From   László Sándor <sandorl@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: question : linking results of web queries to data
Date   Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:50:24 -0500

Hi all,

I need to query a website for some extra data that I would link to my
existing one. I am using Stata 11.1 on Mac and Unix.

My data has names of people, and I should query a site using CGI
(http://ideas.repec.org/cgi-bin/shortid.cgi) and collect a single
string from the resulting pages into a new variable.

I don't know enough about Perl (etc.) to simply write the right
script, run it with -shell-, and get the data that way. I would
appreciate any guidance (tools, examples) on how this could be done, I
have not found this functionality in (and 'around') Stata so far.

Thank you,

Laszlo


László Sándor
PhD candidate in Economics
Harvard University

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