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Develop a web crawler in Python

We are academics at Imperial College London and New York University conducting research on startup companies and their legal policies on the web.

The task is to write a web crawler in Python 3 that gets historical information about company websites from the Wayback machine ([login to view URL]).

We will also need a [login to view URL] file that shows any Python dependencies, and a Jupyter demo notebook that runs the crawler on a sample of inputs.

There will be more work available for a freelancer who completes this task to a high standard.


The crawler should have two high-level functions.

FUNCTION 1: find_snapshots

Please use one of the Wayback APIs for this function if possible ([login to view URL]).


A website (e.g., [login to view URL])

A list of two dates in YYYYMMDD format (e.g., [20150202, 20150802])


A dictionary of links to all snapshots available on wayback between the given dates (return empty dictionary if no snapshots available).

Example output:

out_dict = {'20150202' : '[login to view URL]://[login to view URL]'}

FUNCTION 2: get_snapshot_info


A link to a snapshot (e.g., a value of the dictionary returned by find_snapshots)

A keyword (e.g., 'privacy')


A dictionary with information about the snapshot, obtained as follows

a) Visit snapshot link. Download homepage HTML code (discard garbage such as 404 errors). It is particularly important that this step deals with redirects that sometimes happen on wayback (HTML 302 returns and pop-ups are common) and does not return garbage in those cases.

b) Extract all hyperlinks from the homepage HTML (use of BeautifulSoup preferred). Find all hyperlinks containing the keyword EITHER in their text OR in the URL. Example of such a hyperlink: [login to view URL]://[login to view URL]

c) Visit all hyperlinks containing the keyword and download their HTML code (discard garbage such as 404 errors)

Example output:

out_dict = { ‘homepage_download’ : True, # boolean flag for whether download in step a) is successful

‘homepage_html’ : string # string containing HTML code of homepage downloaded in step a)

‘keyword_links’ : [‘xxx','yyy','zzz'], # list of links found to contain keyword in step b) (return empty list if none found)

‘keyword_download' : [True, False, True], # list of boolean flags for whether downloads in step c) is successful

'keyword_html' : [string, string, string]} # list of strings containing HTML code of keyword pages downloaded in step c)



For a given set of inputs (website, dates, keyword), we define success in two stages:

The crawler is successful in stage 1 if homepage_download = True for at least one snapshot found in the given date range (and if the HTML is not garbage)

The crawler is successful in stage 2 if keyword_download = True for at least one subpage of a snapshot (and if the HTML is not garbage)


We will give you a list of 500 inputs (website, dates, keyword) for development. We will test your results on a list of 500 different inputs.

Human trials have the following success rates with keyword = 'privacy':

- Stage 1 success: 60% if the website is a startup company in the given date range, and 90% if it is a mature company.

- Stage 2 success: 50% if the website is a startup company in the given date range, and 80% if it is a mature company.

For completion of the project, you must achieve the following

- success rates are reasonably close to human trials

- source code is clean and well documented

- Jupyter demo notebook is clean and well documented

- [login to view URL] allows code to be run without errors

Kĩ năng: Python, Web Scraping, Kiến trúc phần mềm, PHP, Khai thác dữ liệu

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