Sean Hackett Large-Scale Statistics of Genomics and Sports

Building a large database of MMA fight results I: scraping with rvest

While MMA is an exciting sport that offers many interesting data analysis opportunities, there is no existing dataset that has aggregated the results of the more than 400,000 fights that have occured to date. The challenge is not that the information is not available, rather that the information is distributed across thousands of webpages. If we are looking for individual fighters or MMA events, we can easily find a large amount of information about fighters and their fight histories.

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