For this blog post I am going to show you how to use RapidMiner to crawl a webpage for you. First, when you open up RapidMiner you have to make sure you have the Web Mining extension installed. If not, click on the Help menu at the top of the screen and click on "Update RapidMiner"
Once you have the Web Mining Extension downloaded, open the Web Mining folder under the Operators sections and then select and drag Crawl Web onto the Process section.
Once you have done this, you have to chose a website to crawl. How about we crawl this very blog. So, we copy and paste the url into the url box on the right side of the screen, under the parameters tab.
Now we need to set up some crawling rules. So, click on the button next to crawling rules that says "Edit lists"
Then a dialogue box will open.
As you see, you can add crawling rules. The 1st rule establishes which links for the crawl to follow. I have set it up to .+auburnblogspot.+. This allows for it to follow any link with auburnblogspot in the url. The .+ says any amount of characters before and after auburnblogspot to be in the url. The 2nd rule saves only the pages that have auburnblogspot in the url.
Ok, everything should be set. Hit the play button, RapidMiner will crawl the web and save the webpages to the file you specified. Then you can perform your analysis on your saved files.