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Hands-On Web Scraping with Python

By : Anish Chapagain
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Hands-On Web Scraping with Python

By: Anish Chapagain

Overview of this book

Web scraping is an essential technique used in many organizations to gather valuable data from web pages. This book will enable you to delve into web scraping techniques and methodologies. The book will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of web scraping techniques and how they can be applied to multiple sets of web pages. You'll use powerful libraries from the Python ecosystem such as Scrapy, lxml, pyquery, and bs4 to carry out web scraping operations. You will then get up to speed with simple to intermediate scraping operations such as identifying information from web pages and using patterns or attributes to retrieve information. This book adopts a practical approach to web scraping concepts and tools, guiding you through a series of use cases and showing you how to use the best tools and techniques to efficiently scrape web pages. You'll even cover the use of other popular web scraping tools, such as Selenium, Regex, and web-based APIs. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to efficiently scrape the web using different techniques with Python and other popular tools.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
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Section 1: Introduction to Web Scraping
Section 2: Beginning Web Scraping
Section 3: Advanced Concepts
Section 4: Conclusion

Analysis and visualization using pandas and matplotlib

In this section, we will be exploring a few basic concepts with regard to analyzing data using pandas and plotting general charts using matplotlib.

pandas is one of the most popular data analysis libraries in recent times. Data analysis and visualization are major tasks and can be performed with the help of pandas and other libraries such as matplotlib.

For more details and documentation on pandas and matplotlib, please visit their official sites at and

pandas is also termed and used as a raw spreadsheet. It supports mathematical, statistical and query-type statements, and allows you to read from and write to various files. It is also popular among developers and analysts since it has easy functions and properties available that can help you handle data that's in a...