In my previous post I described a way of doing web scraping using XPath and VB. I showed how to get stock quotes from the web into Excel using this method. Recently I used the same method to get a list of birthdays of mathematicians. The data was scraped from Wikipedia lemmas like January_1January_2, etc. looking for lines containing the word “mathematician”. If you’re a math enthusiast you can get the calendar from here. Check out the code if you want to make a similar thing for physicists.

Aswin van Woudenberg

I'm a lecturer at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences where I teach Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and Concurrent Programming. Together with my students I'm building dialogue systems that can learn, reason and converse in a variety of domains.

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