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Quick Data Collection Problem

I have a CSV with one column that contains User IDs. I need to make another CSV that counts how many times each User ID appears in the document, and output it to another CSV That has something like UID1 >> 3; UID4 >> 1; UID20 >> 0. There are thousands of User IDs, so I need to be able to set up a range for it to scan for. Is this possible with free software and not much programming expertise? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Website scraping vs TOS

I'm working on a personal project to teach myself a new programming skill, specifically scraping website data. The project will analyze some data that I can get from a publically available website, and I think others in my industry would be interested in the results. Before I get too far into this, I want to make sure I'm not violating any of he site's terms of service, or find out if this is a generally acceptable practice. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean on Oct 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Getting stuff via HTTP POST for the semi-n3wb

The good news: I've been granted access to a vast wonderland of streaming data that will make all my dreams come true. The bad news: I don't know how to access it. HTTP POST and JSON details inside... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Aug 12, 2015 - 10 answers

When is a last name left lowercase?

I'm writing a piece of software to go through a very large database and format last names in their correct casing (i.e., smith or SMITH or sMith to Smith.) However, I'm obviously aware some names should be kept as lowercase—but what names? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on Jan 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Which data structures changed the world?

In my last question, I asked for algorithms that changed the world. Now I'd like to know, what are the data structures that changed the world? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Nov 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Help Writing a Simple Python Script

I have thousands of records of variable length from which I need to remove the last four digits. This seems like it should be an easy job for Python, but I keep hitting a wall. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Freelance programming career?

Does anyone have some advice about how I could start a freelance programming career? [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog on Apr 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Concrete steps from academic economics into data science/management

I would like a job that allows me to write programs or scripts for data processing/analysis. I am trying to understand what a move from academic economics to data-science/management would involve for me in terms of specific steps and goals. What would I need to learn, and what should I prioritise learning? Should I study at home or take a course? When (i.e. after how much or what sort of study/self-study etc) should one think about actually applying for those sorts of jobs? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Apr 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Best Practices for Database Interfaces on the Web?

I'm in the earliest possible stages of building a web interface that will make it easy to display, graph, download, summarize, and interact with a wide variety of data. If you use scientific data from the internet, what are some of the websites you've encountered that make using data the easiest, most intuitive, and give you the best control? Also, what are some must-have features for you, and some of the best and worst design decisions the site builders have made? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Data-getting programming for noobs

Can you help me get an idea of what this personal programming project of designing a "data-getting" program (details inside) would involve, given I would be starting from noob level? Alternatives? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Feb 5, 2013 - 12 answers

What are the most marketable computer/programming skills in the Seattle job market?

What are the most marketable computer/programming skills in the Seattle job market? [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 on Sep 4, 2012 - 18 answers

What is the best way to learn R?

What is the best way for me to learn R? In particular, what is the best website or online tutorials for learning to deal with large datasets. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision on Jun 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Learning about algorithms and data structures from a more humble POV

What can a common PHP/MySQL-based CMS package teach me about data structures and algorithms? [more inside]
posted by circular on May 20, 2011 - 7 answers

How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and mapped to separate data sets?

How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and have the info mapped to separate data sets? [more inside]
posted by lukeklein on Mar 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Can computer geekery save me from data entry hell?

Can you help me automate this big data entry project? There has got to be a way to harness the power of my computer to make the process easier than entering everything line by tedious line on a website! [more inside]
posted by Balonious Assault on Nov 10, 2010 - 18 answers

Textbooks on data mining techniques / statistical analysis on large data sets?

Textbooks on data mining techniques / statistical analysis on large data sets? [more inside]
posted by wooh on Oct 22, 2010 - 5 answers

I am my own grandfather?

How to represent a convoluted family tree in a programming data structure? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on Apr 23, 2010 - 16 answers

Writing a front-end

I'm looking to write a graphical front-end for a text-based data fitting and plotting program. Is it better to program an interface from scratch or write an extension for a plotting program such as Igor, Origin, Mathematica, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Feb 12, 2010 - 3 answers

De-constructing 'code' (picking apart its assumptions)

De-constructing 'code': I am looking for philosophical (from W. Benjamin through to post-structuralism and beyond) examinations of 'code'. That both includes the assumptions contained in the word 'code' and any actual objects or subjects that code is connected to - including, but not limited to: computer programming, cyphers, linguistics, genetics etc. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me traverse a network of data.

Data/Python/Other programming filter: How do I construct and traverse a simple network of data? [more inside]
posted by latentflip on Feb 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Python and Data Mining

Is Python a logical choice to learn if I want to create Data Mining programs. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Sep 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Poster design - programs/resources for data driven visualizations?

professional looking data driven visualizations - resources/experience using different programs? [more inside]
posted by figTree on Aug 13, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I log viewer clicks on internet-hosted video?

I want to put a bunch of short videos on a website, and set it up in such a way that I can get a log of when viewers click the keyboard or mouse in response to what they see on the video. In other words, I want to tell the viewer, "Watch video A and click every time you see a cat." "Now, watch video B and click every time you see a dog." How might I accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by xo on May 13, 2008 - 3 answers

Embedded J2ME database on N95

How to get a relational database on a mobile device, and query it using J2ME? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Building a search engine

Building a search engine - how to cope with mis-spellings? [more inside]
posted by BigCalm on Jul 26, 2004 - 9 answers

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