How do I extract the contents of an HTML table on a web page into a MATLAB table?

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I'd like to plot and analyze the TSA traveler data from this website:
The data is embedded on the page as an HTML table element.
How do I extract the table content into a MATLAB table?

Accepted Answer

Pat Canny
Pat Canny on 23 Jun 2020
You can extract the <table> content, which is all stored in a set of <td> tags, as a string array and go from there.
You first need to use findElement and extractHTMLText on an htmlTree object.
You then can use reshape to arrange the data, then use array2table to convert to a table.
Here is one approach:
travel_data = webread('');
travel_data_tree = htmlTree(travel_data);
selector = "td";
subtrees = findElement(travel_data_tree,selector);
str = extractHTMLText(subtrees);
table_data = str(4:end); % first three elements are just the column names
reshape_ncols = 3;
reshape_nrows = length(table_data)/reshape_ncols;
table_data_reshaped = reshape(table_data,reshape_ncols,reshape_nrows)';
% Convert to table
traveler_data_table = array2table(table_data_reshaped,'VariableNames',["Date" "Travelers_Today" "Travelers_Last_Year"]); % I got lazy with VariableNames, I know.
% Convert data types from strings to appropriate types
traveler_data_table.Date = datetime(traveler_data_table.Date);
traveler_data_table.Travelers_Today = str2double(traveler_data_table.Travelers_Today);
traveler_data_table.Travelers_Last_Year = str2double(traveler_data_table.Travelers_Last_Year);
traveler_data_table.Traveler_Ratio = traveler_data_table.Travelers_Today ./ traveler_data_table.Travelers_Last_Year;
% Plot the results
title("TSA Traveler Ratio by Date (2020 vs. 2019)")
grid on
% Some more fun analysis
% When did it bottom out?
[min_ratio,idx] = min(traveler_data_table.Traveler_Ratio);
min_ratio_pct = 100*min_ratio;
min_date = traveler_data_table.Date(idx);
disp("The minimum traveler ratio of " + min_ratio_pct + "% occurred on " + string(min_date))
latest_pct = 100*traveler_data_table.Traveler_Ratio(1);
disp("The current ratio is " + latest_pct + "%")

More Answers (1)

Christopher Creutzig
Christopher Creutzig on 7 Jun 2022
Starting in R2021b, you can directly use readtable for HTML tables:
ans = 364×5 table
Date 2022 2021 2020 2019 __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ 06/05/2022 2.3872e+06 1.9847e+06 4.4126e+05 2.6699e+06 06/04/2022 1.9814e+06 1.6812e+06 3.5302e+05 2.226e+06 06/03/2022 2.3326e+06 1.8799e+06 4.1968e+05 2.6498e+06 06/02/2022 2.2132e+06 1.8159e+06 3.9188e+05 2.6239e+06 06/01/2022 1.9991e+06 1.5879e+06 3.0444e+05 2.3702e+06 05/31/2022 2.1081e+06 1.6828e+06 2.6774e+05 2.2474e+06 05/30/2022 2.3122e+06 1.9002e+06 3.5326e+05 2.499e+06 05/29/2022 2.0965e+06 1.6505e+06 3.5295e+05 2.5556e+06 05/28/2022 1.9942e+06 1.6058e+06 2.6887e+05 2.1172e+06 05/27/2022 2.3847e+06 1.9596e+06 3.2713e+05 2.5706e+06 05/26/2022 2.3799e+06 1.8545e+06 3.2178e+05 2.4858e+06 05/25/2022 2.1477e+06 1.6182e+06 2.6117e+05 2.269e+06 05/24/2022 2.0207e+06 1.4708e+06 2.6484e+05 2.4536e+06 05/23/2022 2.329e+06 1.7474e+06 3.4077e+05 2.5122e+06 05/22/2022 2.3509e+06 1.8637e+06 2.6745e+05 2.0707e+06 05/21/2022 1.9888e+06 1.55e+06 2.5319e+05 2.1248e+06





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