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Python Social Media Analytics

By : Baihaqi Siregar, Siddhartha Chatterjee, Michal Krystyanczuk
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Python Social Media Analytics

By: Baihaqi Siregar, Siddhartha Chatterjee, Michal Krystyanczuk

Overview of this book

Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Forums, Pinterest, and YouTube have become part of everyday life in a big way. However, these complex and noisy data streams pose a potent challenge to everyone when it comes to harnessing them properly and benefiting from them. This book will introduce you to the concept of social media analytics, and how you can leverage its capabilities to empower your business. Right from acquiring data from various social networking sources such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and social forums, you will see how to clean data and make it ready for analytical operations using various Python APIs. This book explains how to structure the clean data obtained and store in MongoDB using PyMongo. You will also perform web scraping and visualize data using Scrappy and Beautifulsoup. Finally, you will be introduced to different techniques to perform analytics at scale for your social data on the cloud, using Python and Spark. By the end of this book, you will be able to utilize the power of Python to gain valuable insights from social media data and use them to enhance your business processes.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Chapter 7. Scraping and Extracting Conversational Topics on Internet Forums

In the last few chapters, we have explored several social networks to analyze the data that we gathered through their APIs. However, there is another world, the world of internet forums or message boards, which most often do not have APIs. Even though they are public, internet forums differ significantly from social networks, as their users are mostly anonymous. This is unlike social networks, where, more often than not, users make their identities available. The anonymous nature of these platforms leads to free and fearless topical discussions on almost every subject on Earth. Technology, health, religion, politics, social activism, markets and industries, and movies are just a few of the threads or topics on which millions of people engage in deep discussions on online forums. Unlike Twitter, which has a limitation on the number of characters on each tweet, forums have no such limits. Therefore, online forums are...