scraping_games_acb {BAwiR}R Documentation

ACB player game finder data

Description

This function allows us to get all the player game finder data for all the desired ACB seasons available from: https://www.acb.com.

Usage

scraping_games_acb(type_league, nums, year, verbose = TRUE, 
                   accents = FALSE, r_user = "guillermo.vinue@uv.es")

Arguments

type_league

String. If competition is ACB, to scrape ACB league games ("ACB"), Copa del Rey games ("CREY") or Supercopa games ("SCOPA").

nums

Numbers corresponding to the website to scrape.

year

Season, e.g. 2017-2018.

verbose

Should R report information on progress? Default TRUE.

accents

Should we keep the Spanish accents? The recommended option is to remove them, so default FALSE.

r_user

Email to identify the user when doing web scraping. This is a polite way to do web scraping and to certify that the user is working as transparently as possible with a research purpose.

Details

The official website of the Spanish basketball league ACB used to present the statistics of each game in a php website, such as: https://www.acb.com/fichas/LACB62090.php.

In some cases, https://www.acb.com/fichas/LACB60315.php didn't exist, so for these cases is where we can use the httr package.

In https://www.uv.es/vivigui/docs/acb_scraping.pdf a document is available with the exact numbers xxxxx related to https://www.acb.com/fichas/LACBxxxxx.php for some seasons.

Value

A data frame with the player game finder data.

Note

In addition to use the email address to stay identifiable, the function also contains two headers regarding the R platform and version used.

Furthermore, even though in the robots.txt file at https://www.acb.com/robots.txt, there is no information about scraping limitations and all robots are allowed to have complete access, the function also includes the command Sys.sleep(2) to pause between requests for 2 seconds. In this way, we don't bother the server with multiple requests and we do carry out a friendly scraping.

Author(s)

Guillermo Vinue

See Also

do_scraping_games

Examples

## Not run: 
# Not needed to scrape every time the package is checked, built and installed.
df1 <- scraping_games_acb(type_league = "ACB", nums = 62001:62002, year = "2017-2018",
                          verbose = TRUE, accents = FALSE, 
                          r_user = "guillermo.vinue@uv.es")

## End(Not run)                           


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