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Re: st: import html , what is the proper way?


From   Friedrich Huebler <fhuebler@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: import html , what is the proper way?
Date   Wed, 5 Feb 2014 08:43:04 -0500

Lucas,

Here are some links to pages that mention web scraping and Stata,
starting with an exchange on Statalist from 2006.

http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2006-05/msg00780.html
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10577980/scraping-data-into-stata
http://www.kai-arzheimer.com/screenscraping-made-easy-outwit/

Friedrich


On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 8:30 AM, Lucas Ferreira Mation
<lucasmation@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you Nick.
> Copy+Paste won´t work. I did not explain in the original email, but
> the page bellow is just one of several other pages. I'm actually doing
> it recursively for hundreds of pages, sort of web scrapping.
>
> After importing, for each page I extract the URLs of the projects, the
>  project names and the project numbers, trowing away the HTML tags and
> everything else.
>
> The problem I'm having is importing the data.
> How does "insheet" (or the web browser for that matter) knows what to
> interpret what is a line break in a html file?
>
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't think there can be a single proper way to import HTML files,
>> as HTML is a mark-up language, not a file format defining a
>> Stata-compatible data file.
>>
>> In the example you give there is just a list of projects. Is that the
>> data? If it is copy-and-paste from what you see in the browser into
>> Stata's editor gives a good start, after which you just -drop-
>> unwanted lines. I don't see that you want to import the mark-up at
>> all.
>> Nick
>> njcoxstata@gmail.com
>>
>>
>> On 5 February 2014 12:38, Lucas Ferreira Mation <lucasmation@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Helo,
>>>
>>> I'm trying to import data from the web page. From previous post, I saw
>>> there are two ways to import from html, "insheet" or "infile"
>>> (sometimes preceded by "copy" > "filefilter" to filter breaks and
>>> unwanted html tags). I tryed both ways:
>>>
>>> . version 12.1 // stata12.1 running on a windows 7 machine
>>> . global url http://www.ipea.gov.br/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16643&catid=117&Itemid=5
>>> . insheet using "$url", clear
>>> . infile str244 text using "$url", clear
>>>
>>> Neither really works:
>>>
>>> infile : imported file is all corrupt, it seems that every space as
>>> interpreted as a line break. Can I solve this with filefilter?
>>>
>>> insheet: line breaks seem to be fairly ok (although not perfect in all
>>> cases), but some rows were split into different columns ( I suppose
>>> the lines that had a "," in them). Is there a "never occurring
>>> delimiter" that I could use so the variables are never split?
>>>
>>> More generally, is there a way to import from HTML so that the
>>> imported file looks just like what the source code I see in the
>>> browser?
>>>
>>> tks
>>> Lucas

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