Currently we have 7 questions (with 8 followers) and 9 questions (with 3 followers). Is there really a difference between these two tags? Or should we merge them instead? If so, which one should we keep?

Also, Wikipedia defines parsing as the process of analysing a string of symbols, either in natural language or in computer languages, conforming to the rules of a formal grammar. Looking through our current questions, I'm not sure that any of them fit this definition.

What do you think?

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Parsing and extracting are distinct for me. Extracting is the collecting (downloading), while parsing is the transformation (e.g. "ETL - Extract, Transform, Load").

Some examples of how I see it:

Extracting - collecting data

Parsing - turning data into information

  • I updated both tag description to reflect philshem answer
    – magdmartin
    Apr 29, 2015 at 12:46

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