Installing the osmnx package for Python

I read about a cool gis package for Python and decided I wanted to play around with it. This post isn’t about any of the things I’ve learned about the package, it’s so I can remember how I installed it so I can do it again if I need to. The package is described by it’s author in his post

To install osmnx I needed to do the following:

  1. Install Home Brew if it’s not already installed by running this command (as an administrator) in the terminal:

    /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

  2. Use Home Brew to install the spatialindex dependency. From the terminal (again as an administrator):

    brew install spatialindex

  3. In python run pip to install rtree:

    pip install rtree

  4. In python run pip to install osmnx

    pip install osmnx

I did this on my 2014 iMac but didn’t document the process. This lead to a problem when I tried to run some code on my 2012 MacBook Pro.

Step 3 may not be required, but I’m not sure and I don’t want to not have it written down and then wonder why I can’t get osmnx to install in 3 years when I try again!

Remember, you’re not going to remember what you did, so you need to write it down!


Twitter Word Cloud

As previously mentioned I’m a bit of a Twitter user. One of the things that I came across, actually the first python project I did, was writing code to create a word cloud based on the most recent 20 posts of my Twitter feed.

I used a post by Sebastian Raschka and a post on as guides and was able to generate the word cloud pretty easily.

As usual, we import the need libraries:

import tweepy, json, random
from tweepy import OAuthHandler
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from wordcloud import WordCloud, STOPWORDS
from scipy.misc import imread

The code below allows access to my feed using secret keys from my twitter account. They have been removed from the post so that my twitter account doesn’t stop being mine:

consumer_key = consumer_key
consumer_secret = consumer_secret
access_token = access_token
access_secret = access_secret

auth = OAuthHandler(consumer_key, consumer_secret)
auth.set_access_token(access_token, access_secret)

api = tweepy.API(auth)

Next I open a file called tweets and write to it the tweets (referred to in the for loop as status) and encode with utf-8. If you don’t do the following error is thrown: TypeError: a bytes-like object is required, not 'str'. And who wants a TypeError to be thrown?

f = open('tweets', 'wb')

for status in api.user_timeline():

Now I’m ready to do something with the tweets that I collected. I read the file into a variable called words

words=' '
count =0
f = open('tweets', 'rb')
for line in f:
    words= words + line.decode("utf-8")

Next, we start on constructing the word cloud itself. We declare words that we want to ignore (in this case https is ignored, otherwise it would count the protocol of links that I’ve been tweeting).

stopwords = {'https', 'co', 'RT'}

Read in the twitter bird to act as a mask

logomask = imread('twitter_mask.png')

Finally, generate the wordcloud, plot it and save the image:

wordcloud = WordCloud(
    mask = logomask,

plt.imshow(wordcloud.recolor(color_func=None, random_state=3))
plt.savefig('./Twitter Word Cloud - '+time.strftime("%Y%m%d")+'.png', dpi=300)

The second to last line generates a dynamically named file based on the date so that I can do this again and save the image without needing to do too much thinking.

Full Code can be found on my GitHub Report

My Twitter Word Cloud as of today looks like this:

I think it will be fun to post this image every once in a while, so as I remember, I’ll run the script again and update the Word Cloud!


Home, End, PgUp, PgDn … BBEdit Preferences

As I’ve been writing up my posts for the last couple of days I’ve been using the amazing macOS Text Editor BBEdit. One of the things that has been tripping me up though are my ‘Windows’ tendencies on the keyboard. Specifically, my muscle memory of the use and behavior of the Home, End, PgUp and PgDn keys. The default behavior for these keys in BBEdit are not what I needed (nor wanted). I lived with it for a couple of days figuring I’d get used to it and that would be that.

While driving home from work today I was listening to ATP Episode 196 and their Post-Show discussion of the recent departure of Sal Soghoian who was the Project Manager for the macOS automation. I’m not sure why, but suddenly it clicked with me that I could probably change the behavior of the keys through the Preferences for the Keyboard (either system wide, or just in the Application).

When I got home I fired up BBEdit and jumped into the preferences and saw this:

I made a couple of changes, and now the keys that I use to navigate through the text editor are now how I want them to be:

Nothing too fancy, or anything, but goodness, does it feel right to have the keys work the way I need them to.


Pitching Stats and Python

I’m an avid Twitter user, mostly as a replacement RSS feeder, but also because I can’t stand Facebook and this allows me to learn about really important world events when I need to and to just stay isolated with my head in the sand when I don’t. It’s perfect for me.

One of the people I follow on Twitter is Dr. Drang who is an Engineer of some kind by training. He also appears to be a fan of baseball and posted an analysis of Jake Arrieata’s pitching over the course of the 2016 MLB season (through September 22 at least).

When I first read it I hadn’t done too much with Python, and while I found the results interesting, I wasn’t sure what any of the code was doing (not really anyway).

Since I had just spent the last couple of days learning more about BeautifulSoup specifically and Python in general I thought I’d try to do two things:

  1. Update the data used by Dr. Drang
  2. Try to generalize it for any pitcher

Dr. Drang uses a flat csv file for his analysis and I wanted to use BeautifulSoup to scrape the data from ESPN directly.

OK, I know how to do that (sort of ¯\(ツ)/¯)

First things first, import your libraries:

import pandas as pd
from functools import partial
import requests
import re
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from datetime import datetime, date
from time import strptime

The next two lines I stole borrowed directly from Dr. Drang’s post. The first line is to force the plot output to be inline with the code entered in the terminal. The second he explains as such:

The odd ones are the rcParams call, which makes the inline graphs bigger than the tiny Jupyter default, and the functools import, which will help us create ERAs over small portions of the season.

I’m not using Jupyter I’m using Rodeo as my IDE but I kept them all the same:

%matplotlib inline
plt.rcParams['figure.figsize'] = (12,9)

In the next section I use BeautifulSoup to scrape the data I want from ESPN:

url = ''
r = requests.get(url)
year = 2016

date_pitched = []
full_ip = []
part_ip = []
earned_runs = []

tables = BeautifulSoup(r.text, 'lxml').find_all('table', class_='tablehead mod-player-stats')
for table in tables:
    for row in table.find_all('tr'): # Remove header
        columns = row.find_all('td')
            if re.match('[a-zA-Z]{3}\s', columns[0].text) is not None:
                    , strptime(columns[0].text.split(' ')[0], '%b').tm_mon
                    , int(columns[0].text.split(' ')[1])
        except Exception as e:

This is basically a rehash of what I did for my Passer scraping (here, here, and here).

This proved a useful starting point, but unlike the NFL data on ESPN which has pre- and regular season breaks, the MLB data on ESPN has monthly breaks, like this:

Regular Season Games through October 2, 2016
Oct 1
Monthly Totals
Sep 24
Sep 19
Sep 14
Sep 9
Monthly Totals
Jun 26
Jun 20
Jun 15
Jun 10
Jun 4
Monthly Totals
May 29
May 23
May 17
May 12
May 7
May 1
Monthly Totals
Apr 26
Apr 21
Apr 15
Apr 9
Apr 4
Monthly Totals

However, all I wanted was the lines that correspond to columns[0].text with actual dates like ‘Apr 21’.

In reviewing how the dates were being displayed it was basically ‘%b %D’, i.e. May 12, Jun 4, etc. This is great because it means I want 3 letters and then a space and nothing else. Turns out, Regular Expressions are great for stuff like this!

After a bit of Googling I got what I was looking for:

re.match('[a-zA-Z]{3}\s', columns[0].text)

To get my regular expression and then just add an if in front and call it good!

The only issue was that as I ran it in testing, I kept getting no return data. What I didn’t realize is that returns a NoneType when it’s false. Enter more Googling and I see that in order for the if to work I have to add the is not None which leads to results that I wanted:

Oct 22
Oct 16
Oct 13
Oct 11
Oct 7
Oct 1
Sep 24
Sep 19
Sep 14
Sep 9
Jun 26
Jun 20
Jun 15
Jun 10
Jun 4
May 29
May 23
May 17
May 12
May 7
May 1
Apr 26
Apr 21
Apr 15
Apr 9
Apr 4

The next part of the transformation is to convert to a date so I can sort on it (and display it properly) later.

With all of the data I need, I put the columns into a Dictionary:

dic = {'date': date_pitched, 'Full_IP': full_ip, 'Partial_IP': part_ip, 'ER': earned_runs}

and then into a DataFrame:

games = pd.DataFrame(dic)

and apply some manipulations to the DataFrame:

games = games.sort_values(['date'], ascending=[True])
games[['Full_IP','Partial_IP', 'ER']] = games[['Full_IP','Partial_IP', 'ER']].apply(pd.to_numeric)

Now to apply some Baseball math to get the Earned Run Average:

games['IP'] = games.Full_IP + games.Partial_IP/3
games['GERA'] = games.ER/games.IP*9
games['CIP'] = games.IP.cumsum()
games['CER'] = games.ER.cumsum()
games['ERA'] = games.CER/games.CIP*9

In the next part of Dr. Drang’s post he writes a custom function to help create moving averages. It looks like this:

def rera(games, row):
    if < games:
        ip = df.IP[].sum()
        er = df.ER[].sum()
        ip = df.IP[].sum()
        er = df.ER[].sum()
    return er/ip*9

The only problem with it is I called my DataFrame games, not df. Simple enough, I’ll just replace df with games and call it a day, right? Nope:

def rera(games, row):
    if < games:
        ip = games.IP[].sum()
        er = games.ER[].sum()
        ip = games.IP[].sum()
        er = games.ER[].sum()
    return er/ip*9

When I try to run the code I get errors. Lots of them. This is because while i made sure to update the DataFrame name to be correct I overlooked that the function was using a parameter called games and Python got a bit confused about what was what.

OK, round two, replace the paramater games with games_t:

def rera(games_t, row):
    if < games_t:
        ip = games.IP[].sum()
        er = games.ER[].sum()
        ip = games.IP[].sum()
        er = games.ER[].sum()
    return er/ip*9

No more errors! Now we calculate the 3- and 4-game moving averages:

era4 = partial(rera, 4)
era3 = partial(rera,3)

and then add them to the DataFrame:

games['ERA4'] = games.apply(era4, axis=1)
games['ERA3'] = games.apply(era3, axis=1)

And print out a pretty graph:

plt.plot_date(, games.ERA3, '-b', lw=2)
plt.plot_date(, games.ERA4, '-r', lw=2)
plt.plot_date(, games.GERA, '.k', ms=10)
plt.plot_date(, games.ERA, '--k', lw=2)

Dr. Drang focused on Jake Arrieta (he is a Chicago guy after all), but I thought it was be interested to look at the Graphs for Arrieta and the top 5 finishers in the NL Cy Young Voting (because Clayton Kershaw was 5th place and I’m a Dodgers guy).

Here is the graph for Jake Arrieata:

And here are the graphs for the top 5 finishers in Ascending order in the 2016 NL Cy Young voting:

Max Scherzer winner of the 2016 NL Cy Young Award

Jon Lester

Kyle Hendricks

Madison Bumgarner

Clayton Kershaw:

I’ve not spent much time analyzing the data, but I’m sure that it says something. At the very least, it got me to wonder, ‘How many 0 ER games did each pitcher pitch?’

I also noticed that the stats include the playoffs (which I wasn’t intending). Another thing to look at later.


  • Black Dot – ERA on Date of Game
  • Black Solid Line – Cummulative ERA
  • Blue Solid Line – 3-game trailing average ERA
  • Red Solid Line – 4-game trailing average ERA

Full code can be found on my Github Repo


Web Scrapping – Passer Data (Part III)

In Part III I’m reviewing the code to populate a DataFrame with Passer data from the current NFL season.

To start I use the games DataFrame I created in Part II to create 4 new DataFrames:

  • reg_season_games – All of the Regular Season Games
  • pre_season_games – All of the Pre Season Games
  • gameshome – The Home Games
  • gamesaway – The Away Games

A cool aspect of the DataFrames is that you can treat them kind of like temporary tables (at least, this is how I’m thinking about them as I am mostly a SQL programmer) and create other temporary tables based on criteria. In the code below I’m taking the nfl_start_date that I defined in Part II as a way to split the data frame into pre / and regular season DataFrame. I then take the regular season DataFrame and split that into home and away DataFrames. I do this so I don’t double count the statistics for the passers.

#Start Section 3

reg_season_games = games.loc[games['match_date'] >= nfl_start_date]
pre_season_games = games.loc[games['match_date'] < nfl_start_date]

gameshome = reg_season_games.loc[reg_season_games['ha_ind'] == 'vs']
gamesaway = reg_season_games.loc[reg_season_games['ha_ind'] == '@']

Next, I set up some variables to be used later:

BASE_URL = '{0}'

#Create the lists to hold the values for the games for the passers
player_pass_name = []
player_pass_catch = []
player_pass_attempt = []
player_pass_yds = []
player_pass_avg = []
player_pass_td = []
player_pass_int = []
player_pass_sacks = []
player_pass_sacks_yds_lost = []
player_pass_rtg = []
player_pass_week_id = []
player_pass_result = []
player_pass_team = []
player_pass_ha_ind = []
player_match_id = []
player_id = [] #declare the player_id as a list so it doesn't get set to a str by the loop below

headers_pass = ['match_id', 'id', 'Name', 'CATCHES','ATTEMPTS', 'YDS', 'AVG', 'TD', 'INT', 'SACKS', 'YRDLSTSACKS', 'RTG']

Now it’s time to start populating some of the list variables I created above. I am taking the week_id, result, team_x, and ha_ind columns from the games DataFrame (I’m sure there is a better way to do this, and I will need to revisit it in the future)


Now for the looping (everybody’s favorite part!). Using BeautifulSoup I get the div of class col column-one gamepackage-away-wrap. Once I have that I get the table rows and then loop through the data in the row to get what I need from the table holding the passer data. Some intersting things happening below:

  • The Catches / Attempts and Sacks / Yrds Lost are displayed as a single column each (even though each column holds 2 statistics). In order to fix this I use the index() method and get all of the data to the left of a character (- and / respectively for each column previously mentioned) and append the resulting 2 items per column (so four in total) to 2 different lists (four in total).

The last line of code gets the ESPN player_id, just in case I need/want to use it later.

for index, row in gamesaway.iterrows():
        request = requests.get(BASE_URL.format(index))
        table_pass = BeautifulSoup(request.text, 'lxml').find_all('div', class_='col column-one gamepackage-away-wrap')

        pass_ = table_pass[0]
        player_pass_all = pass_.find_all('tr')

        for tr in player_pass_all:
            for td in tr.find_all('td', class_='sacks'):
                for t in tr.find_all('td', class_='name'):
                    if t.text != 'TEAM':
            for td in tr.find_all('td', class_='c-att'):
                for t in tr.find_all('td', class_='name'):
                    if t.text != 'TEAM':
            for td in tr.find_all('td', class_='name'):
                for t in tr.find_all('td', class_='name'):
                    for s in t.find_all('span', class_=''):
                        if t.text != 'TEAM':
            for td in tr.find_all('td', class_='yds'):
                for t in tr.find_all('td', class_='name'):
                    if t.text != 'TEAM':
            for td in tr.find_all('td', class_='avg'):
                for t in tr.find_all('td', class_='name'):
                    if t.text != 'TEAM':
            for td in tr.find_all('td', class_='td'):
                for t in tr.find_all('td', class_='name'):
                    if t.text != 'TEAM':
            for td in tr.find_all('td', class_='int'):
                for t in tr.find_all('td', class_='name'):
                    if t.text != 'TEAM':
            for td in tr.find_all('td', class_='rtg'):
                for t in tr.find_all('td', class_='name'):
                    if t.text != 'TEAM':
            #The code below cycles through the passers and gets their ESPN Player ID
            for a in tr.find_all('a', href=True):

    except Exception as e:

With all of the data from above we now populate our DataFrame using specific headers (that’s why we set the headers_pass variable above):

player_passer_data = pd.DataFrame(np.column_stack((
)), columns=headers_pass)

An issue that I ran into as I was playing with the generated DataFrame was that even though I had set the numbers generated in the for loop above to be of type int anytime I would do something like a sum() on the DataFrame the numbers would be concatenated as though they were strings (because they were!).

After much Googling I came across a useful answer on StackExchange (where else would I find it, right?)

What it does is to set the data type of the columns from string to int

player_passer_data[['TD', 'CATCHES', 'ATTEMPTS', 'YDS', 'INT', 'SACKS', 'YRDLSTSACKS','AVG','RTG']] = player_passer_data[['TD', 'CATCHES', 'ATTEMPTS', 'YDS', 'INT', 'SACKS', 'YRDLSTSACKS','AVG','RTG']].apply(pd.to_numeric)

OK, so I’ve got a DataFrame with passer data, I’ve got a DataFrame with away game data, now I need to join them. As expected, pandas has a way to join DataFrame data … with the join method obviously!

I create a new DataFrame called game_passer_data which joins player_passer_data with games_away on their common key match_id. I then have to use set_index to make sure that the index stays set to match_id … If I don’t then the index is reset to an auto-incremented integer.

game_passer_data = player_passer_data.join(gamesaway, on='match_id').set_index('match_id')

This is great, but now game_passer_data has all of these extra columns. Below is the result of running game_passer_data.head() from the terminal:

id          Name  CATCHES  ATTEMPTS  YDS  AVG  TD  INT  SACKS  \
400874518  2577417  Dak Prescott       22        30  292  9.7   0    0      4
400874674  2577417  Dak Prescott       23        32  245  7.7   2    0      2
400874733  2577417  Dak Prescott       18        27  247  9.1   3    1      2
400874599  2577417  Dak Prescott       21        27  247  9.1   3    0      0
400874599    12482  Mark Sanchez        1         1    8  8.0   0    0      0

           YRDLSTSACKS                        ...                          \
match_id                                      ...
400874518           14                        ...
400874674           11                        ...
400874733           14                        ...
400874599            0                        ...
400874599            0                        ...

           ha_ind  match_date                  opp result          team_x  \
400874518       @  2016-09-18  washington-redskins      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874674       @  2016-10-02  san-francisco-49ers      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874733       @  2016-10-16    green-bay-packers      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874599       @  2016-11-06     cleveland-browns      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874599       @  2016-11-06     cleveland-browns      W  Dallas Cowboys

          week_id prefix_1             prefix_2               team_y  \
400874518       2      wsh  washington-redskins  Washington Redskins
400874674       4       sf  san-francisco-49ers  San Francisco 49ers
400874733       6       gb    green-bay-packers    Green Bay Packers
400874599       9      cle     cleveland-browns     Cleveland Browns
400874599       9      cle     cleveland-browns     Cleveland Browns


That is nice, but not exactly what I want. In order to remove the extra columns I use the drop method which takes 2 arguments:

  • what object to drop
  • an axis which determine what types of object to drop (0 = rows, 1 = columns):

Below, the object I define is a list of columns (figured that part all out on my own as the documentation didn’t explicitly state I could use a list, but I figured, what’s the worst that could happen?)

game_passer_data = game_passer_data.drop(['opp', 'prefix_1', 'prefix_2', 'url'], 1)

Which gives me this:

id          Name  CATCHES  ATTEMPTS  YDS  AVG  TD  INT  SACKS  \
400874518  2577417  Dak Prescott       22        30  292  9.7   0    0      4
400874674  2577417  Dak Prescott       23        32  245  7.7   2    0      2
400874733  2577417  Dak Prescott       18        27  247  9.1   3    1      2
400874599  2577417  Dak Prescott       21        27  247  9.1   3    0      0
400874599    12482  Mark Sanchez        1         1    8  8.0   0    0      0

           YRDLSTSACKS    RTG ha_ind  match_date result          team_x  \
400874518           14  103.8      @  2016-09-18      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874674           11  114.7      @  2016-10-02      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874733           14  117.4      @  2016-10-16      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874599            0  141.8      @  2016-11-06      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874599            0  100.0      @  2016-11-06      W  Dallas Cowboys

          week_id               team_y
400874518       2  Washington Redskins
400874674       4  San Francisco 49ers
400874733       6    Green Bay Packers
400874599       9     Cleveland Browns
400874599       9     Cleveland Browns

I finally have a DataFrame with the data I care about, BUT all of the column names are wonky!

This is easy enough to fix (and should have probably been fixed earlier with some of the objects I created only containing the necessary columns, but I can fix that later). By simply renaming the columns as below:

game_passer_data.columns = ['id', 'Name', 'Catches', 'Attempts', 'YDS', 'Avg', 'TD', 'INT', 'Sacks', 'Yards_Lost_Sacks', 'Rating', 'HA_Ind', 'game_date', 'Result', 'Team', 'Week', 'Opponent']

I now get the data I want, with column names to match!

id          Name  Catches  Attempts  YDS  Avg  TD  INT  Sacks  \
400874518  2577417  Dak Prescott       22        30  292  9.7   0    0      4
400874674  2577417  Dak Prescott       23        32  245  7.7   2    0      2
400874733  2577417  Dak Prescott       18        27  247  9.1   3    1      2
400874599  2577417  Dak Prescott       21        27  247  9.1   3    0      0
400874599    12482  Mark Sanchez        1         1    8  8.0   0    0      0

           Yards_Lost_Sacks  Rating HA_Ind   game_date Result            Team  \
400874518                14   103.8      @  2016-09-18      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874674                11   114.7      @  2016-10-02      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874733                14   117.4      @  2016-10-16      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874599                 0   141.8      @  2016-11-06      W  Dallas Cowboys
400874599                 0   100.0      @  2016-11-06      W  Dallas Cowboys

          Week             Opponent
400874518    2  Washington Redskins
400874674    4  San Francisco 49ers
400874733    6    Green Bay Packers
400874599    9     Cleveland Browns
400874599    9     Cleveland Browns

I’ve posted the code for all three parts to my GitHub Repo.

Work that I still need to do:

  1. Add code to get the home game data
  2. Add code to get data for the other position players
  3. Add code to get data for the defense

When I started this project on Wednesday I had only a bit of exposure to very basic aspects of Python and my background as a developer. I’m still a long way from considering myself proficient in Python but I know more now that I did 3 days ago and for that I’m pretty excited! It’s also given my an excuse reason to write some stuff which is a nice side effect.


Web Scrapping – Passer Data (Part II)

On a previous post I went through my new found love of Fantasy Football and the rationale behind the ‘why’ of this particular project. This included getting the team names and their URLs from the ESPN website.

As before, let’s set up some basic infrastructure to be used later:

from time import strptime

year = 2016 # allows us to change the year that we are interested in.
nfl_start_date = date(2016, 9, 8)
BASE_URL = '{0}/year/{1}/{2}' #URL that we'll use to cycle through to get the gameid's (called match_id)

match_id = []
week_id = []
week_date = []
match_result = []
ha_ind = []
team_list = []

Next, we iterate through the teams dictionary that I created yesterday:

for index, row in teams.iterrows():
    _team, url = row['team'], row['url']
    r=requests.get(BASE_URL.format(row['prefix_1'], year, row['prefix_2']))
    table = BeautifulSoup(r.text, 'lxml').table
    for row in table.find_all('tr')[2:]: # Remove header
        columns = row.find_all('td')
            for result in columns[3].find('li'):
                week_id.append(columns[0].text) #get the week_id for the games dictionary so I know what week everything happened
                _date = date(
                    int(strptime(columns[1].text.split(' ')[1], '%b').tm_mon),
                    int(columns[1].text.split(' ')[2])
                for ha in columns[2].find_all('li', class_="game-status"):
            for link in columns[3].find_all('a'): # I realized here that I didn't need to do the fancy thing from the site I was mimicking

        except Exception as e:

Again, we set up some variables to be used in the for loop. But I want to really talk about the try portion of my code and the part where the week_date is being calculated.

Although I’ve been developing and managing developers for a while, I’ve not had the need to use a construct like try. (I know, right, weird!)

The basic premise of the try is that it will execute some code and if it succeeds that code will be executed. If not, it will go to the exception portion. For Python (and maybe other languages, I’m not sure) the exception MUST have something in it. In this case, I use Python’s pass function, which basically says, ‘hey, just forget about doing anything’. I’m not raising any errors here because I don’t care if the result is ‘bad’ I just want to ignore it because there isn’t any data I can use.

The other interesting (or gigantic pain in the a$$) thing is that the way ESPN displays dates on the schedule page is as Day of Week, Month Day, i.e. Sun Sep 11. There is no year. I think this is because for the most part the regular season for an NFL is always in the same calendar year. However, this year the last game of the season, in week 17, is in January. Since I’m only getting games that have been played, I’m safe for a couple more weeks, but this will need to be addressed, otherwise the date of the last games of the 2016 season will show as January 2016, instead of January 2017.

Anyway, I digress. In order to change the displayed date to a date I can actually use is I had to get the necessary function. In order to get that I had to add the following line to my code from yesterday

from time import strptime

This allows me to make some changes to the date (see where _date is being calculated in for result in columns[3].find('li'): portion of the try:.

One of the things that confused the heck out of me initially was the way the date is being stored in the list week_date. It is in the form, 9, 1), but I was expecting it to be stored as 2016-09-01. I did a couple of things to try and fix this, especially because once the list was added to the gamesdic dictionary and then used in the games DataFrame the week_date was then stored as 1472688000000 which is the milliseconds since Jan 1, 1970 to the date of the game, but it took an embarising amount of Googling to realize discover this.

With this new discovery, I forged on. The last two things that I needed to do was to create a dictionary to hold my data with all of my columns:

gamesdic = {'match_id': match_id, 'week_id': week_id, 'result': match_result, 'ha_ind': ha_ind, 'team': team_list, 'match_date': week_date}

With dictionary in hand I was able to create a DataFrame:

games = pd.DataFrame(gamesdic).set_index('match_id')

The line above is frighteningly simple. It’s basically saying, hey, take all of the data from the gamesdic dictionary and make the match_id the index.

To get the first part, see my post Web Scrapping – Passer Data (Part I).


Web Scrapping – Passer Data (Part I)

For the first time in many years I’ve joined a Fantasy Football league with some of my family. One of the reasons I have not engaged in the Fantasy football is that, frankly, I’m not very good. In fact, I’m pretty bad. I have a passing interest in Football, but my interests lie more with Baseball than football (especially in light of the NFLs policy on punishing players for some infractions of league rules, but not punishing them for infractions of societal norms (see Tom Brady and Ray Lewis respectively).

That being said, I am in a Fantasy Football league this year, and as of this writing am a respectable 5-5 and only 2 games back from making the playoffs with 3 games left.

This means that what I started on yesterday I really should have started on much sooner, but I didn’t.

I had been counting on ESPN’s ‘projected points’ to help guide me to victory … it’s working about as well as flipping a coin (see my record above).

I had a couple of days off from work this week and some time to tinker with Python, so I thought, what the hell, let’s see what I can do.

Just to see what other people had done I did a quick Google Search and found someone that had done what I was trying to do with data from the NBA in 2013.

Using their post as a model I set to work.

The basic strategy I am mimicking is to:

I start of importing some standard libraries pandas, requests, and BeautifulSoup (the other libraries are for later).

import pandas as pd
import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
import csv
import numpy as np
from datetime import datetime, date

Next, I need to set up some variables. BeautifulSoup is a Python library for pulling data out of HTML and XML files.. It’s pretty sweet. The code below is declaring a URL to scrape and then users the requests library to get the actual HTML of the page and put it into a variable called r.

url = ''
r = requests.get(url)

r has a method called text which I’ll use with BeautifulSoup to create the soup. The 'lxml' declares the parser type to be used. The default is lxml and when I left it off I was presented with a warning, so I decided to explicitly state which parser I was going to be using to avoid the warning.

soup = BeautifulSoup(r.text, 'lxml')

Next I use the find_all function from BeautifulSoup. The cool thing about find_all is that you can either pass just a tag element, i.e. li or p, but you can add an additional class_ argument (notice the underscore at the end … I missed it more than once and got an error because class is a keyword used by Python). Below I’m getting all of the `ul’ elements of the class type ‘medium-logos’.

tables = soup.find_all('ul', class_='medium-logos')

Now I set up some list variables to hold the items I’ll need for later use to create my dictionary

teams = []
prefix_1 = []
prefix_2 = []
teams_urls = []

Now, we do some actual programming:

Using a nested for loop to find all of the li elements in the variable called lis which is based on the variable tables (recall this is all of the HTML from the page I scrapped that has only the tags that match <ul class='medium-logos></ul> and all of the content between them).

The nested for loop creates 2 new variables which are used to populate the 4 lists from above. The creating of the info variable gets the a tag from the li tags. The url variable takes the href tag from the info variable. In order to add an item to a list (remember, all of the lists above are empty at this point) we have to invoke the method append on each of the lists with the data that we care about (as we look through).

The function split can be used on a string (which url is). It allows you to take a string apart based on a passed through value and convert the output into a list. This is super useful with URLs since there are many cases where we’re trying to get to the path. Using split('/') allows the URL to be broken into it’s constituent parts. The negative indexes used allows you to go from right to left instead of left to right.

To really break this down a bit, if we looked at just one of the URLs we’d get this:

The split('/') command will turn the URL into this:

['http:', '', '', 'nfl', 'team', '_', 'name', 'ten', 'tennessee-titans']

Using the negative index allows us to get the right most 2 values that we need.

for table in tables:
    lis = table.find_all('li')
    for li in lis:
        info = li.h5.a
        url = info['href']

Now we put it all together into a dictionary

dic = {'url': teams_urls, 'prefix_2': prefix_2, 'prefix_1': prefix_1, 'team': teams}
teams = pd.DataFrame(dic)

This is the end of part 1. Parts 2 and 3 will be coming later this week.

I’ve also posted all of the code to my GitHub Repo.


Pushing Changes from Pythonista to GitHub – Step 1

With the most recent release of the iOS app Workflow I was toying with the idea of writing a workflow that would allow me to update / add a file to a GitHub repo via a workflow.

My thinking was that since Pythonista is only running local files on my iPad if I could use a workflow to access the api elements to push the changes to my repo that would be pretty sweet.

In order to get this to work I’d need to be able to accomplosh the following things (not necessarily in this order)

  • Have the workflow get a list of all of the repositories in my GitHub
  • Get the current contents of the app to the clip board
  • Commit the changes to the master of the repo

I have been able to write a Workflow that will get all of the public repos of a specified github user. Pretty straight forward stuff.

The next thing I’m working on getting is to be able to commit the changes from the clip board to a specific file in the repo (if one is specified) otherwise a new file would be created.

I really just want to ‘have the answer’ for this, but I know that the journey will be the best part of getting this project completed.

So for now, I continue to read the GitHub API Documentation to discover exactly how to do what I want to do.


An Update to my first Python Script

Nothing can ever really be considered done when you’re talking about programming, right?

I decided to try and add images to the python script I wrote last week and was able to do it, with not too much hassel.

The first thing I decided to do was to update the code on pythonista on my iPad Pro and verify that it would run.

It took some doing (mostly because I forgot that the attributes in an img tag included what I needed … initially I was trying to programatically get the name of the person from the image file itelf using regular expressions … it didn’t work out well).

Once that was done I branched the master on GitHub into a development branch and copied the changes there. Once that was done I performed a pull request on the macOS GitHub Desktop Application.

Finally, I used the macOS GitHub app to merge my pull request from development into master and now have the changes.

The updated script will now also get the image data to display into the multi markdown table:

| Name | Title | Image |
| --- | --- | --- |
|Mike Cheley|CEO/Creative Director|![alt text]( "Mike Cheley")|
|Ozzy|Official Greeter|![alt text]( "Ozzy")|
|Jay Sant|Vice President|![alt text]( "Jay Sant")|
|Shawn Isaac|Vice President|![alt text]( "Shawn Isaac")|
|Jason Gurzi|SEM Specialist|![alt text]( "Jason Gurzi")|
|Yvonne Valles|Director of First Impressions|![alt text]( "Yvonne Valles")|
|Ed Lowell|Senior Designer|![alt text]( "Ed Lowell")|
|Paul Hasas|User Interface Designer|![alt text]( "Paul Hasas")|
|Alan Schmidt|Senior Web Developer|![alt text]( "Alan Schmidt")|

Which gets displayed as this:

Name Title Image
Mike Cheley CEO/Creative Director alt text
Ozzy Official Greeter alt text
Jay Sant Vice President alt text
Shawn Isaac Vice President alt text
Jason Gurzi SEM Specialist alt text
Yvonne Valles Director of First Impressions alt text
Ed Lowell Senior Designer alt text
Paul Hasas User Interface Designer alt text
Alan Schmidt Senior Web Developer alt text

My First Python Script that does ‘something’

My First Python Script (that does ‘something’)

I’ve been interested in python as a tool for a while and today I had the chance to try and see what I could do.

With my 12.9 iPad Pro set up at my desk, I started out. I have Ole Zorn’s Pythonista 3 installed so I started on my first script.

My first task was to scrape something from a website. I tried to start with a website listing doctors, but for some reason the html rendered didn’t include anything useful.

So the next best thing was to find a website with staff listed on it. I used my dad’s company and his (staff listing)[] as a starting point.

I started with a quick Google search to find Pythonista Web Scrapping and came across this post on the Pythonista forums.

That got me this much of my script:

import bs4, requests

myurl = ''

def get_beautiful_soup(url):

return bs4.BeautifulSoup(requests.get(url).text, "html5lib")

soup = get_beautiful_soup(myurl)

Next, I needed to see how to start traversing the html to get the elements that I needed. I recalled something I read a while ago and was (luckily) able to find some help.

That got me this:

tablemgmt = soup.findAll('div', attrs={'id':'our-team'})

This was close, but it would only return 2 of the 3 div tags I cared about (the management team has a different id for some reason … )

I did a search for regular expressions and Python and found this useful stackoverflow question and saw that if I updated my imports to include re then I could use regular expressions.

Great, update the imports section to this:

import bs4, requests, re

And added re.compile to my findAll to get this:

tablemgmt = soup.findAll('div', attrs={'id':re.compile('our-team')})

Now I had all 3 of the div tags I cared about.

Of course the next thing I wanted to do was get the information i cared out of the structure tablemgmt.

When I printed out the results I noticed leading and trailing square brackets and eveytime I tried to do something I’d get an error.

It took an embarrassingly long time to realize that I needed to treat tablemgmt as an array. Whoops!

Once I got through that it was straight forward to loop through the data and output it:

list_of_names = []

for i in tablemgmt:

for row in i.findAll('span', attrs={'class':'team-name'}):

text = row.text.replace('<span class="team-name"', '')

if len(text)>0:


list_of_titles = []

for i in tablemgmt:

for row in i.findAll('span', attrs={'class':'team-title'}):

text = row.text.replace('<span class="team-title"', '')

if len(text)>0:


The last bit I wanted to do was to add some headers and make the lists into a two column multimarkdown table.

OK, first I needed to see how to ‘combine’ the lists into a multidimensional array. Another google search and … success. Of course the answer would be on stackoverflow

With my knowldge of looping through arrays and the function zip I was able to get this:

for j, k in zip(list_of_names, list_of_titles):

print('|'+ j + '|' + k + '|')

Which would output this:

|Mike Cheley|CEO/Creative Director|

|Ozzy|Official Greeter|

|Jay Sant|Vice President|

|Shawn Isaac|Vice President|

|Jason Gurzi|SEM Specialist|

|Yvonne Valles|Director of First Impressions|

|Ed Lowell|Senior Designer|

|Paul Hasas|User Interface Designer|

|Alan Schmidt|Senior Web Developer|

This is close, however, it still needs headers.

No problem, just add some static lines to print out:

print('| Name | Title |')
print('| --- | --- |')

And voila, we have a multimarkdown table that was scrapped from a web page:

| Name | Title |
| --- | --- |
|Mike Cheley|CEO/Creative Director|
|Ozzy|Official Greeter|
|Jay Sant|Vice President|
|Shawn Isaac|Vice President|
|Jason Gurzi|SEM Specialist|
|Yvonne Valles|Director of First Impressions|
|Ed Lowell|Senior Designer|
|Paul Hasas|User Interface Designer|
|Alan Schmidt|Senior Web Developer|

Which will render to this:

Name Title
Mike Cheley CEO/Creative Director
Ozzy Official Greeter
Jay Sant Vice President
Shawn Isaac Vice President
Jason Gurzi SEM Specialist
Yvonne Valles Director of First Impressions
Ed Lowell Senior Designer
Paul Hasas User Interface Designer
Alan Schmidt Senior Web Developer