4 Working with unusual data

This chapter covers

  • Dealing with various unusual data formats
  • Parsing custom text file formats using regular expressions
  • Using web scraping to extract data from web pages
  • Working with binary data formats

In the previous chapter, you learned how to import and export various standard and common data formats to the core data representation. In this chapter, we’re going to look at several of the more unusual methods of importing data that you might need to use from time to time.

Continuing from chapter 3, let’s say that you’re maintaining a website about earthquakes and you need to accept new data from a variety of sources. In this chapter, we’ll explore several of the not-so-regular data formats you might need ...

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