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Ian London

Data scientist at Metis, NYC.

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Web Scraping - Discovering Hidden APIs

I was trying to help someone with a web scraping task today, and stumbled upon an interesting technique to find hidden APIs to scrape data from certain websi...

Pickling in Python - The Very Basics

You just ran through a time-consuming process to load a bunch of data into a python object. Maybe you scraped data from thousands of websites. Maybe you comp...

Bipolar Coordinate Drawing Robot

Plot-Bot is a robot that draws SVG files onto a whiteboard. It can draw on anything you can mount flat on a wall: plywood or poster paper work too. It is con...

Web Scraping With XPath

XPath is very powerful, it’s kind of a query language like SQL but for XML documents, including HTML documents, so it is a natural fit for web scraping. A lo...