Introduction to Web Scraping with R for the Social Sciences

PSTC Seminar Room
Yi Qi
Brown University

Vast amount of useful information for social scientists is being stored online, both in structured and unstructured forms. Web scraping is a method of extracting and restructuring information from webpages. R is a popular language in statistical analysis and data wrangling. This workshop will introduce basic techniques of web scraping using R. We will provide examples of how to collect data stored on webpages and social data streaming APIs. Prior experience in programming is not required but some familiarity with R is helpful.

Respond by February 17, 2017 if you are interested in attending. Space is limited and please sign up at your earliest convenience. Please bring your laptop with RStudio IDE installed.

Tentative schedule

9:00-10:00       R Overview

10:15-12:15     Web Scraping

1:00 - 3:00       Hands-on Lab

Another lab will be scheduled at 1:30 on March 3. You are welcome to sign up on February 24 if you have general questions or questions related to your own project.

REGISTER NOW. Space is limited.


Training Event Type

S4 Courses and Workshops