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Mastering Social Media Mining with R by Vikram Garg, Sharan Kumar Ravindran

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Retrieving data from Wikipedia

Wikipedia is an open source encyclopedia project developed collaboratively by multiple people across the world. This is a rich source of information, and we can find content about anything in this world. In this section, we are going to check out the ways to extract the content from Wikipedia for our analysis. We will concentrate only on the tabular content.

We will consider the Wikipedia page on List of countries and dependencies by population. This page has tabular content about the countries and their population. This is shown in the following screenshot:

Retrieving data from Wikipedia

Now, we will see how to bring the preceding tabular content ...

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