[R] R web-scraping a multiple-level page

Boris Steipe bor|@@@te|pe @end|ng |rom utoronto@c@
Wed Apr 10 12:34:15 CEST 2019

For similar tasks I usually write a while loop operating on a queue. Conceptually:

initialize queue with first page
add first url to harvested urls

while queue not empty (2)
  unshift url from queue
  collect valid child pages that are not already in harvested list (1)
  add to harvested list
  add to queue

process all harvested pages

(1) - grep for the base url so you don't leave the site
    - use %in% to ensure you are not caught in a cycle

(2) Restrict the condition with a maximum number of cycles. More often than not assumptions about the world turn out to be overly rational.

Hope this helps,

> On 2019-04-10, at 04:35, Ilio Fornasero <iliofornasero using hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hello.
> I am trying to scrape a FAO webpage including multiple links from any of which I would like to collect the "News" part.
> Yet, I have done this:
> fao_base = 'http://www.fao.org'
> fao_second_level = paste0(stem, '/countryprofiles/en/')
> all_children = read_html(fao_second_level) %>%
>  html_nodes(xpath = '//a[contains(@href, "?iso3=")]/@href') %>%
>  html_text %>% paste0(fao_base, .)
> Any suggestion on how to go on? I guess with a loop but I didn't have any success, yet.
> Thanks
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