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Web Page Scraping with R and ML Services

Dave Mason shows how you can scrape webpages with R and pull the resulting data into SQL Server using Machine Learning Services:

For this post, it might make more sense to skip ahead to the end result, and then work our way backwards. Here is a web page with some data: Boston Celtics 2016-2017. It shows two HTML tables (grids) of data for the Boston Celtics, a professional basketball team. The first grid lists the roster of players. We will scrape the web page, and write the data from the “roster” grid to a SQL Server table.

Read on for a demonstration of the process.