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Topic Search for DAX and M

Here is a Topic Search that identifies various resources for the DAX and M

Some are well known, and some are not so well known.

My topic search report begins with a list of search strings which are passed individually to Google Search.

The resulting Google source page is captured and parsed for each search string.

Three sub reports are extracted from the Google source page:

  1. Landing page for each discovered URL.
  2. Title for each discovered URL.
  3. List of Google suggested search terms. Note: Google suggestions are not returned from Google Image searches.

The process begins with the Google “All” search. This search is re-run several times to collect and incorporate new Google search suggestions. Once a fair number of search terms have been processed, the collection of search strings in modified and then processed with the Google Image Search engine. All these uncombined reports are collected to a specific folder. Then the secondary process is executed to aggregate the collection of sub reports.

The five outputs are then collected and posted.

  1. List of the search strings
  2. List of Google Suggestions
  3. Discovered Landing Pages
  4. Discovered URLs and Titles
  5. Complete Report

List of Search Strings

List of Google Suggestions

Landing pages discovered by the Google Searches. Each landing page tabulates the top five search strings that produced the landing page. Scanning this list of landing pages can bring to light new resources. Note that since this is PDF document – each URL is a hyperlink. Some landing page links may not function because I have prefixed “www.” to the landing URL. This prefix may need to be removed. It is also possible that the link may no longer be active.

URLs and Titles –details each discovered URL, giving its title and identifying the search strings that returned the URL. Again, note this is a PDF document hence the URLs are hyperlinks. Double click and your browser will open to the web page.

The workbook that was the source of the other reports is included here in case the user would like to generate focused reports. – note the complete report enables the user to apply the advanced filter capability of Excel to extract detailed results from the report which may contain hundreds of URLs

For more information, contact me

alfred(dot)vachris(at)gmail(dot)com

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Topic Search for Power Query

Here is a Topic Search that identifies various resources for the Power Query

Some are well known, and some are not so well known.

My topic search report begins with a list of search strings which are passed individually to Google Search.

The resulting Google source page is captured and parsed for each search string.

Three sub reports are extracted from the Google source page:

  1. Landing page for each discovered URL.
  2. Title for each discovered URL.
  3. List of Google suggested search terms. Note: Google suggestions are not returned from Google Image searches.

The process begins with the Google “All” search. This search is re-run several times to collect and incorporate new Google search suggestions. Once a fair number of search terms have been processed, the collection of search strings in modified and then processed with the Google Image Search engine. All these uncombined reports are collected to a specific folder. Then the secondary process is executed to aggregate the collection of sub reports.

The five outputs are then collected and posted.

  1. List of the search strings
  2. List of Google Suggestions
  3. Discovered Landing Pages
  4. Discovered URLs and Titles
  5. Complete Report

List of the search strings

List of Google Suggestions

Landing pages discovered by the Google Searches. Each landing page tabulates the top five search strings that produced the landing page. Scanning this list of landing pages can bring to light new resources. Note that since this is PDF document – each URL is a hyperlink. Some landing page links may not function because I have prefixed “www.” to the landing URL. This prefix may need to be removed. It is also possible that the link may no longer be active.

URLs and Titles –details each discovered URL, giving its title and identifying the search strings that returned the URL. Again, note this is a PDF document hence the URLs are hyperlinks. Double click and your browser will open to the web page.

The workbook that was the source of the other reports is included here in case the user would like to generate focused reports. – note the complete report enables the user to apply the advanced filter capability of Excel to extract detailed results from the report which may contain hundreds of URLs

For more information, please contact me at alfred(dot)vachris(at)gmail(dot)com

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Expanded Topic Search that identifies various resources for working with Excel workbook using Python and Pandas

Here is an Expanded Topic Search that identifies various resources for working with Excel workbook using Python and Pandas

This report is in response to a current series of questions about how to use Python to work with Excel workbooks.

Some of this resources are well known and some are not so well known.

My topic search report begins with a list of search strings which are passed individually to Google Search.

The resulting Google source page is captured and parsed for each search string.

There are three sub reports that are extracted from the Google source page:

  1. Landing page for each discovered URL
  2. Title for each discovered URL
  3. List of Google suggested search terms

Once the list of search terms has been processed, then a secondary process is executed to aggregate the collection of sub reports that were generated for each of the input search terms.

Collection of URLs – landing pages listed by the number of occurrences for the individual search strings. Scanning this list of landing pages can bring to light new resources. Note that since this is PDF document – each URL is a hyperlink. Some of the links listed in the search string count PDF may not function because I have prefixed “www.” to the landing URL. This prefix may need to be removed.

Collection of Direct URLs – details of each discovered URL, giving its title and identifying the search string that returned the URL. Again, note this is a PDF document hence the URLs are hyperlinks. Double click and your browser will open to the web page.

Collection of Google Suggested Search Terms – note that the reports presented here made use of this feature to expand the original search!

The workbook that was the source of the other reports is included here in case the user would like to generate focused reports.

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Expanded Topic Search that identifies various resources for Creating Research Projects for High School Students.

I believe that this Topic Search Process could provide High School Students a running start at the beginning of their research studies.

Some are well known and some are not so well known.

My topic search report begins with a list of search strings which are passed individually to Google Search.

The resulting Google source page is captured and parsed for each search string.

There are three sub reports that are extracted from the Google source page:

  1. Landing page for each discovered URL
  2. Title for each discovered URL
  3. List of Google suggested search terms

Once the list of search terms has been processed, then a secondary process is executed to aggregate the collection of sub reports that were generated for each of the input search terms.

Collection of URLs – landing pages listed by the number of occurrences for the individual search strings. Scanning this list of landing pages can bring to light new resources. Note that since this is PDF document – each URL is a hyperlink. Some of the links listed in the search string count PDF may not function because I have prefixed “www.” to the landing URL. This prefix may need to be removed.

Collection of Direct URLs – details of each discovered URL, giving its title and identifying the search string that returned the URL. Again, note this is a PDF document hence the URLs are hyperlinks. Double click and your browser will open to the web page.

Collection of Google Suggested Search Terms – note that the reports presented here made use of this feature to expand the original search!

The workbook that was the source of the other reports is included here in case the user would like to generate focused reports.

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Topic Search Music Identification Algorithms

Here is a Topic Search that identifies various resources for Music Identification Algorithms..

Some are well known and some are not so well known.

My topic search report begins with a list of search strings which are passed individually to Google Search.

The resulting Google source page is captured and parsed for each search string.

There are three sub reports that are extracted from the Google source page:

  1. Landing page for each discovered URL
  2. Title for each discovered URL
  3. List of Google suggested search terms

Once the list of search terms has been processed, then a secondary process is executed to aggregate the collection of sub reports that were generated for each of the input search terms.

Collection of URLs – landing pages listed by the number of occurrences for the individual search strings. Scanning this list of landing pages can bring to light new resources. Note that since this is PDF document – each URL is a hyperlink. Some of the links listed in the search string count PDF may not function because I have prefixed “www.” to the landing URL. This prefix may need to be removed.

Collection of Direct URLs – details of each discovered URL, giving its title and identifying the search string that returned the URL. Again, note this is a PDF document hence the URLs are hyperlinks. Double click and your browser will open to the web page.

Collection of Google Suggested Search Terms – note that the reports presented here made use of this feature to expand the original search!

The workbook that was the source of the other reports is included here in case the user would like to generate focused reports

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Topic Search Cisco Webex

Working from home is the new normal.

Clearly Cisco Webex is a significant application than can effectively make working from home more productive.

To better understand how and why and when to use Cisco Webex, I ran my topic search process to explore the various aspects of Cisco Webex as well as gathering a collection of resources related to Cisco Webex.

My topic search report begins with a list of search strings which are then passed individually to Google Search.

The resulting Google source page is captured and parsed for each search string.

There are three sub reports that are extracted from the Google source page:

  1. Landing page for each discovered URL
  2. Title for each discovered URL
  3. List of Google suggested search terms

Once the list of search terms has been processed, then a secondary process is executed to aggregate the collection of sub reports that were generated for each of the input search terms.

The composite reports are presented here. Collection of URLs – landing pages listed by the number of occurrences for the individual search strings. Scanning this list of landing pages can bring to light new resources. Note that since this is PDF document – each URL is a hyperlink. Some of the links listed in the search string count PDF may not function because I have prefixed “www.” to the landing URL. This prefix may need to be removed.

Collection of Direct URLs – details of each discovered URL, giving its title and identifying the search string that returned the URL. Again note this is a PDF document hence the URLs are hyperlinks. Double click and your browser will open to the web page.

Collection of Google Suggested Search Terms – note that the reports presented here made use of this feature to expand the original search three times!

The workbook that was the source of the other reports is included here in case the user would like to generate a more focused reports.

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Topic Search for ZOOM

Learning at home is also part of the new normal.

ZOOM is one application that has received a lot of notice.

Clearly Zoom is a significant application than can effectively make learning at home more productive.

To better understand how and why and when to use ZOOM, I ran my topic search process to explore the various aspects of ZOOM as well as gathering a collection of resources related to ZOOM.

My topic search report begins with a list of search strings which are then passed individually to Google Search.

The resulting Google source page is captured and parsed for each search string.

There are three sub reports that are extracted from the Google source page:

  1. Landing page for each discovered URL
  2. Title for each discovered URL
  3. List of Google suggested search terms

Once the list of search terms has been processed, then a secondary process is executed to aggregate the collection of sub reports that were generated for each of the input search terms.

The composite reports are presented here.

Collection of URLs – landing pages listed by the number of occurrences for the individual search strings. Scanning this list of landing pages can bring to light new resources. Note that since this is PDF document – each URL is a hyperlink. Some of the links listed in the search string count PDF may not function because I have prefixed “www.” to the landing URL. This prefix may need to be removed.

Collection of Direct URLs – details of each discovered URL, giving its title and identifying the search string that returned the URL. Again note this is a PDF document hence the URLs are hyperlinks. Double click and your browser will open to the web page.

Collection of Google Suggested Search Terms

The workbook that was the source of the other reports is included here in case the user would like to generate a more focused reports.

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Topic Search for Microsoft Teams

Working from home is the new normal.

Clearly Microsoft Teams is a significant application than can effectively make working from home more productive.

To better understand how and why and when to use Microsoft Teams, I ran my topic search process to explore the various aspects of Microsoft Teams as well as gathering a collection of resources related to Microsoft Teams.

My topic search report begins with a list of search strings which are then passed individually to Google Search.

The resulting Google source page is captured and parsed for each search string.

There are three sub reports that are extracted from the Google source page:

  1. Landing page for each discovered URL
  2. Title for each discovered URL
  3. List of Google suggested search terms

Once the list of search terms has been processed, then a secondary process is executed to aggregate the collection of sub reports that were generated for each of the input search terms.

The composite reports are presented here.

Collection of URLs – landing pages listed by the number of occurrences for the individual search strings. Scanning this list of landing pages can bring to light new resources. Note that since this is PDF document – each URL is a hyperlink. Some of the links listed in the search string count PDF may not function because I have prefixed “www.” to the landing URL. This prefix may need to be removed.

Collection of Direct URLs – details of each discovered URL, giving its title and identifying the search string that returned the URL. Again note this is a PDF document hence the URLs are hyperlinks. Double click and your browser will open to the web page.

Collection of Google Suggested Search Terms – note that the reports presented here made use of this feature to expand the original search three times!

The workbook that was the source of the other reports is included here in case a the user would like to generate a more focused reports.

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TSRP -Topic Search Reporting Processor

Motivation

When executing a Google search, one is presented with a statistic that reports the number of results that were found and the time it took to find them. For example:

This statistic is frustrating because it shows that there is a whole universe of results out there but only the smallest fraction of results is presented for examination.

TSRP Topic Search Report Processor

This frustration has motivated me to develop an Excel-based process that attempts to expand the collection of search results.

The process is built on two main ideas:

Formulate a “Composite Topic Search”

Make use of the Google Search Engine for both “All” and “Image” search choices. This new process supersedes the original GISP reported earlier.

A “Composite Topic Search” is a search that starts with a collection of search phrases that explore various aspect of the topic of interest.  The individual search results are then collected and organized into a composite report.

Making the individual search using both the Google All Search and Google Image Search Engines gives an expanded collection of results.

I have joined these ideas together into what I call the Topic Search Report Processor (TSRP)

How to start TSRP – the Topic Search Workbook

The TSRP begins by preparing an Excel Workbook that contains a collection of search phrases or search strings that capture the essence of the desired Topic. A preliminary set of search strings can be extracted from Google.

For example, consider the following topic: how to exchange worksheet data with VBA arrays

After the search string is entered into the Google search box, Google will sometimes display a collection of searches that complement the original search.

Here is a screenshot of the suggested searches:

Using a screen capture tool to copy this list as an image, one can then take advantage of the OCR functionality that is built into Microsoft One Note 2016

OCR capabilities are also available within the GreenShot freeware utility. ( http://getgreenshot.org/)

TSRP Reports

Two Important Definitions

Before describing the details of the GISP Reports, there are two terms that need to be defined.

A Direct URL is a URL captured by GISP, pointing directly to the web page that was discovered by GISP.

A Primary URL is the leftmost part of a Direct URL with the html prefix HTTPS:// or HTTP:// removed.

The VBA code to extract a Primary URL from a Direct URL is as follows:

Reporting Search String Counts

The Search String Counts report shows the effectiveness of each search string.

Note – the information shown here is from an earlier effort that does not reflect the integration of searching Google “All” and Google “Image”

This Topic Search returned 172 Primary URLs.

The first page of the Search String Counts report is shown here.

All counts greater than or equal to 5 are highlighted.

The three main features of this report are:

  1. It identifies the more effective search strings and it gives a starting point to expand the Topic Search.
  2. By ranking the Primary URLs from the most frequently found to the ones that are not frequently visited or not widely known, it identifies the outstanding resources to study a Topic.
  3. Reviewing the list of Primary URLs and looking for those that are not frequently visited or not widely known, lead to the discovery of new resources.

For example:    

www.bluepecantraining.com

www.guru99.com

www.aakaksatop.club

Since the report is presented as a PDF, each URL reported is a hyperlink.

Clicking on the URL will then open your browser to the web page.

Note that not all the Primary URLs will link back to a web page, it all depends on the setup of the web site.

Reporting Direct URLs

The Direct URLs report show the full URL with the different search strings that returned the URL.

The list of Direct URLs is sorted to follow the Rank of the Primary URLs.

This Topic search returned 399 URLs.

The first few rows of the Direct URLs report are shown here:

The combined titles are most important when reviewing the YOUTUBE URLs.

Both reports were exported from the GISP Composite Topic Search Report Workbook. This workbook can be used to generate other customized reports.

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GISP Google Image Search Processor

Motivation

When executing a Google search, one is presented with a statistic that reports the number of results that were found and the time it took to find them. For example:

This statistic is frustrating because it shows that there is a whole universe of results out there but only the smallest fraction of results is presented for examination.

GISP Google Image Search Processor

This frustration has motivated me to develop an Excel/VBA process that attempts to expand the collection of search results.

The process is built on two main ideas:

Formulate a “Composite Topic Search”

Make use of the Google Image Search Engine.

A “Composite Topic Search” is a search that starts with a collection of search phrases exploring various aspect of the topic of interest.  The individual search results are collected and organized into a composite report.

Making the individual searches using the Google Image Search Engine returns an interesting collection of results.

I have joined these two ideas together into the Google Image Search Processor (GISP).

How to start GISP – the Topic Search Workbook

GISP begins by preparing an Excel Workbook containing a collection of search phrases that capture the essence of the desired Topic. A preliminary set of search strings can be extracted from Google.

For example, consider the following topic:

how to exchange worksheet data with VBA arrays

After the search string is entered into the Google search box, Google can then display a collection of suggested searches complementing the original search. For example:

Using a screen capture tool to copy this list as an image, one can then take advantage of the OCR functionality that is built into Microsoft One Note 2016 to extract the list as text.

OCR capabilities are also available within the GreenShot freeware utility. (http://getgreenshot.org/)

The GISP Input Workbook for this topic search looks like this:

Note the report title must not duplicate the search string.

Note also the search strings shown here could have used advanced Google search constructions.

Link to the Input Workbook

GISP Reports

Two Important Definitions

Before describing the details of the GISP Reports, there are two terms that need to be defined.

Direct URL is a URL collected by GISP pointing directly to the web page that was discovered by GISP.

Primary URL is the leftmost part of a Direct URL with the HTML prefix HTTPS:// or HTTP:// removed.

The VBA code to extract a Primary URL from a Direct URL is as follows:

Reporting Search String Counts

The Search String Counts report shows the effectiveness of each search string.

Link to Search String Counts Report

This Topic Search returned 172 Primary URLs.

The first page of the Search String Counts report is shown here.

All counts greater than or equal to 5 are highlighted.

The three main features of this report are:

  1. It identifies the more effective search strings and it gives a starting point to expand the Topic Search by selecting more search strings.
  2. By sorting the Primary URLs from the most frequently found to the ones that are not frequently visited or not widely known, it identifies the outstanding resources to study a Topic.
  3. Reviewing the list of Primary URLs and looking for those that are not frequently visited or not widely known, lead to the discovery of new resources.

For example some new resources:

www.bluepecantraining.com

www.guru99.com

www.aakaksatop.club

Since the report is presented as a PDF, each URL reported is a hyperlink.

Clicking on the URL will then open your browser to the web page.

Note that not all the Primary URLs will link back to a web page, it depends on the setup of the web site.

Reporting Direct URLs

The Direct URLs report show the full URL with the different search strings that returned the URL.

Link to the Direct URLs Report

The list of Direct URLs is sorted to follow the list of the Primary URLs.

This Topic search returned 399 URLs.

The first few rows of the Direct URLs report are shown here:

Each Direct is reported along with the Search Strings associated with the URL as well as the title of the web page.

Note the web pages titles are most important when reviewing the YOUTUBE URLs.

Both reports were exported from the GISP Composite Topic Search Report Workbook. This workbook can be used to generate other customized reports.

Link to the Composite Topic Search Report Workbook