[UPDATED]PDF Extractor in python

2015, May 23    

[Updated]PDf Extractor in python

PDF extractor I designed the other day worked find, but had some performance issues. Instead of extracting sentences in order of appearance, the code iterated over the key words like ‘Thus, ‘, ‘Therefore, ‘ and appended the results. As a result, I got a bunch of ‘Secondly, ‘ before ‘Thirdly ‘. Plus, it failed to print some long sentences that were written between two pages. To address this issue, I redesigned the code with the following steps.

  1. read the pdf file
  2. split the file into paragraphs using spaces
  3. remove things like page numbers, words from figures
  4. if the paragraph starts with a lowercase letter, paste it with the previous paragraph
  5. using the keyword set, extract their index number in the whole text
  6. sort the index list in ascending order
  7. iterate through the index list and extract characters until the loop hits the period mark
  8. put them in a list and upload the list on my Evernote account
import os
import re
import evernote.edam.userstore.constants as UserStoreConstants
import evernote.edam.type.ttypes as Types
from collections import defaultdict
import operator
import xml.dom.minidom
from evernote.api.client import EvernoteClient

# invalid unicode chars
RE_XML_ILLEGAL = u'([\u0000-\u0008\u000b-\u000c\u000e-\u001f\ufffe-\uffff])' + \
                 u'|' + \
                 u'([%s-%s][^%s-%s])|([^%s-%s][%s-%s])|([%s-%s]$)|(^[%s-%s])' % \

# load the file to parse
file_to_extract = str(raw_input("Which file? "))

# command to execute pdf2txt.py
command = "pdf2txt.py -O summary -o summary/"+file_to_extract+".text  -t text "+file_to_extract+".pdf"

# execute the command to retrieve the text from the pdf file

# read the text file
file_path = 'summary/' + file_to_extract + ".text"

file = open(file_path)

t = file.read()

# keywords to extract important sentences
key_set = ['Thus, ', 
			'Hence, ', 
			'Therefore, ', 
			'In conclusion ', 
			'To summarize, ', 
			'Yet, ', 
			'First, ', 
			'Secondly, ', 
			'Thirdly, ', 
			'Lastly, ', 
			'However, ', 
			'As a result, ', 
			'Furthermore, ', 
			'Moreover, ', 
			'In sum', 
			'Finally, ',
			'As a result ',

#spliting paragraphs
paragraph_text = re.split('\s{2,}',t)

#cleaning each paragraph
paragraph_list = list()
for paragraph in paragraph_text:
	adjusted_paragraph = paragraph.replace('\n'," ")
	adjusted_paragraph = adjusted_paragraph.replace('-', "")
	adjusted_paragraph = re.sub(RE_XML_ILLEGAL, "?", adjusted_paragraph)
	if len(adjusted_paragraph) > 3: #removing page numbers
		dot_found = "." in adjusted_paragraph
		semicolon_found = ";" in adjusted_paragraph
		colon_found = ":" in adjusted_paragraph
		exclam_found = "!" in adjusted_paragraph
		char_found = any(char.isalpha() for char in adjusted_paragraph)
		if (dot_found or semicolon_found or colon_found or exclam_found) and char_found == True:

result = list()
for paragraph in paragraph_list:
	upper = paragraph[0].isupper()
	if upper:
		last_appended_paragraph = result[len(result)-1]
		adj_paragraph = last_appended_paragraph + paragraph

result_string = " ".join(result)

#retrieve index of key words in the text and sort them in ascending order
extraction_index_list = list()
for key in key_set:
	for m in re.finditer(key, result_string):
extraction_index_list_sorted = sorted(extraction_index_list)

#extract the sentences
extraction_list = list()
for idx in extraction_index_list_sorted:
	counter = 0
	text = list()
	while result_string[idx + counter] != ".":
		char = result_string[idx + counter]
		counter = counter + 1
	text = "".join(text)
	text = text.replace('\n', " ")
	text = text.replace('- ',"")
	text = re.sub(RE_XML_ILLEGAL, "?", text)

print 'there are %i sentences extracted.' % len(extraction_list)

# top 5 most frequent word list to use as tags
d = defaultdict(int)

for word in result_string.split():
	d[word] += 1

del_key_list = ['I','i','o', 'you', 'your', 'We', 'we', 'You', 'the', 'The', 'of', 'Of', 'and', 'or', 'in', 'on', 'On', 'In', 'to', 'To', 'is', 'are', 'a', 'that', 'That', 'Those', 'those', 'by', 'until', 'has', 'from', 'it', 'be', 'at', 'This', 
				'this', 'under', 'own', 'as', 'As', 'have', 'between', 'an', 'with', 'not', 'its', 'over', 'also', 'more','for', 'their', 'Their' ]

# remove common keywords from the dictionary
for key in del_key_list:
	if key in d:
		del d[key]

# sort dictionary items from the most to the least frequent words
sorted_d = sorted(d.items(), key=operator.itemgetter(1), reverse=True)

# create a tag list of top 5 most frequent keywords
tag_list = list()
for i in range(0,5):

# access evernote and create a note
if len(extraction_list) > 0:

	auth_token = "S=s101:U=aa4acd:E=154aa4bebfd:C=14d529abc30:P=1cd:A=en-devtoken:V=2:H=974dd38b2d7e3e0b9bac7432b2658cd5"

	client = EvernoteClient(token=auth_token, sandbox=False)

	user_store = client.get_user_store()

	version_ok = user_store.checkVersion(
	    "Evernote EDAMTest (Python)",
	print "Is my Evernote API version up to date? ", str(version_ok)
	print ""
	if not version_ok:

	note_store = client.get_note_store()

	# List all of the notebooks in the user's account
	notebook_list = list()
	notebooks = note_store.listNotebooks()
	print "Found ", len(notebooks), " notebooks:"
	for notebook in notebooks:

	# Create a summary folder if it doesn't exist
	if "PDF_Summary" not in notebook_list:
		notebook = Types.Notebook()
		notebook.name = "PDF_Summary"
		notebook = note_store.createNotebook(notebook)

	# Fetch 'PDF_Summary's guid'
	notebook_guid = 'dummy'
	for notebook in notebooks:
		if notebook.name == "PDF_Summary":
			notebook_guid = notebook.guid
			print notebook.guid

	# create a new note
	note = Types.Note()
	note.notebookGuid = notebook_guid
	note.title = "Summary from " + file_to_extract

	note.content = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>'
	note.content += '<!DOCTYPE en-note SYSTEM ' \
	note.content += '<en-note><ul>'
	for sentence in extraction_list:
	    pasted_sentence = '<li>'+sentence + '</li>'
	    note.content += pasted_sentence
	note.content += '</ul></en-note>'
	note.tagNames = tag_list

	created_note = note_store.createNote(note)

	print "Successfully created a new note with GUID: ", created_note.guid