Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Note to self: Find a reason to use geopy

Full disclosure; This has nothing to do with anything except that I was playing with a really cool module today and need to make sure I remember what I just learned.  The module is geopy (which by the way I installed using pip for the first time ever ) which can be used to geocode natural language addresses using a variety of APIs.  Don't know when, how, or why I'll use it but I'm certain I will.

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Here is what I just did (using my current address)

>>> import geopy
>>> geopy.geocoders.GoogleV3().geocode("4090 weaver ct s 43026")
Location((40.035917, -83.144145, 0.0))
>>> geopy.geocoders.GoogleV3().geocode("4090 weaver ct s 43026").raw
{u'geometry': {u'location': {u'lat': 40.035917, u'lng': -83.144145}, u'viewport': {u'northeast': {u'lat': 40.03726598029149, u'lng': -83.1427960197085}, u'southwest': {u'lat': 40.03456801970849, u'lng': -83.1454939802915}}, u'location_type': u'ROOFTOP'}, u'formatted_address': u'4090 Weaver Court, Hilliard, OH 43026, USA', u'place_id': u'ChIJpUOLF-iTOIgRT-Vqu5rHhLo', u'address_components': [{u'long_name': u'4090', u'types': [u'street_number'], u'short_name': u'4090'}, {u'long_name': u'Weaver Court', u'types': [u'route'], u'short_name': u'Weaver Ct'}, {u'long_name': u'Northwest Industrial Complex', u'types': [u'neighborhood', u'political'], u'short_name': u'Northwest Industrial Complex'}, {u'long_name': u'Hilliard', u'types': [u'locality', u'political'], u'short_name': u'Hilliard'}, {u'long_name': u'Norwich', u'types': [u'administrative_area_level_3', u'political'], u'short_name': u'Norwich'}, {u'long_name': u'Franklin County', u'types': [u'administrative_area_level_2', u'political'], u'short_name': u'Franklin County'}, {u'long_name': u'Ohio', u'types': [u'administrative_area_level_1', u'political'], u'short_name': u'OH'}, {u'long_name': u'United States', u'types': [u'country', u'political'], u'short_name': u'US'}, {u'long_name': u'43026', u'types': [u'postal_code'], u'short_name': u'43026'}, {u'long_name': u'1197', u'types': [u'postal_code_suffix'], u'short_name': u'1197'}], u'partial_match': True, u'types': [u'street_address']}

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