Web Scraping Google Scholar & Show Result as Word Cloud Using R

November 1, 2011

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OUTDATED! Please see the update HERE!

…When reading Scott Chemberlain's last post about web-scraping I felt it was time to pick up and complete an idea that I was brooding over for some time now:

When a scientist aims out for a new project the first thing to do is to evaluate if other people already have come along to answer the very questions he is about to work on. I.e., I was interested if there has been done any research regarding amphibian diversity at regional/geographical scales correlated to environmental/landscape parameters. Usually I would got to Google-Scholar and search something like – intitle:amphibians AND intitle:richness OR intitle:diversity AND environment OR landscape – and then browse thru the results. But, this is often tedious and a way for a quick visual examination would be of great benefit.

…and there is a solution with R!

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