Posted: Yesterday at 20:12
lol, screen scraping. Its where you run a script that fetches the content of a website which you can then manipulate to extract the data you want.
So in this particular example, I would write a script that would get ALL of the results from London 2014. I could then extract out say the half way times and the final times then do a comparison so if there was X% difference between the two to flag them up. This would then give me a list of 'suspicious' times on a plate rather than manually looking at each one.
You then only have to manually sift through say 100 suspicious times (as some may be legit, they may have run a particularly slow first half for whatever reason) rather than 50,000 or however many people ran.