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ABOUT---------------------- Dartmouth Dining Service Menu Analysis started by D. Parker Phinney, late Fall 2009 This is a project to do some analysis on Dartmouth Dining Service (DDS). I'm open to taking this project in other directions, but right now here's what I'm thinking: *Archive daily menus (as reported on the website). **I'd like to get a full calendar years' worth, but just one full quarter would be great also *Parse and index those menus (keeping a copy of the original archive, of course) **Organize it so that I can pull useful statistics by issuing queries *Run some statistical analysis, see what pops out, make a pie graph, and assemble a fancy-looking paper *Repeat *???? *PROFIT!!!! Why? *I want to get better at web scraping, especially web scraping with python and especially web scraping to do analytics **Like what these kiddies do: http://www.webecologyproject.org/ *I decided to go veg in the middle of Fall '09. I was disappointed with how few vegetarian options the dining service offered. FILES------------------------ code/ menu-scraper.py scrapes out daily menus from the dds website. i run this with a cron job every day. menu-parser.py parses daily menus to grab all the useful data. (incomplete, as of jan 3rd 2010) data/ raw-menu-scrapes/