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Topic: Automatic extract data from many PDFs into 1 data file
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 118570
From: jhyder
Date: 9/13/2004 03:43 PM

I have about 1000 pdf files (that I can already convert to MS Word if necessary). I would like to take selected information from each pdf (information found in specified locations, such as ID number, variable1, variable2, etc) and insert those values into a single Excel file or equivalent, ultimately to run analyses in SAS. In other words, I would like to condense specified data from around 1000 pdf files into a single Excel file with a given structure.

A small challenge is that the pdf files have some incomplete data. For example one pdf file with all the data may list data as follows:

Site A IDnumber 9001

L2 121.1
L3 135.2
L4 119.9
L5 145.7


Another pdf file, with a missing value for L4 would read as follows:

Site B IDnumber 9007

L2 187.1
L3 191.0
L5 209.1


An Excel (or equivalent) file generated by extracting data from the above pdfs must read with delimited columns roughly as follows:

site--idno---------L2-------L3-------L4-------L5
A----9001--------121.1----135.2----119.9----145.7
B----9007--------187.1----191.0-----.--------209.1

The "-" marks are space holders - this posting would not allow spaces. And that is a period "." under L4 for number 9007.

Can I automate data extraction from these PDFs to a single MS Excel or equivalent document?


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