I am trying to generate a list of people that Mathematica knows about that have a certain occupation.

Using the PersonData[] command I can get a list of all 285,362 people that Mathematica knows about. For a specific person Entity, I can use PersonData to learn more about them. For example, PersonData[Entity["Person", "LebronJames::tv6s9"], EntityProperty["Person", "Occupation"]] tells me that Lebron James is a basketball player.

I'm trying to filter this list of 285,362 people to a list of people that are basketball players.

  1. Is there a way to download this information from the Cloud without downloading all 286,000 data points first?
  2. If not, how can I use a Select function call or something to filter the PersonData[] list by occupation?


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    $\begingroup$ I think there is a bug with "Person". EntityValue[EntityClass["Person", {"Occupation" -> "basketball player"}], "EntityCount"] should return the number of "Person" entities that have "basketball player" in their "Occupation" list. However it returns zero. Please report to WRI. $\endgroup$ – Edmund May 4 '17 at 0:25
  • $\begingroup$ It works for EntityValue[ EntityClass["Person", {"Gender" -> "Male"}], "EntityCount"] so I'm more inclined to think it is a bug. $\endgroup$ – Edmund May 4 '17 at 0:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Edmund is there a way to return the entire list of entities, not just the count? $\endgroup$ – jxmorris12 May 4 '17 at 14:57
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    $\begingroup$ See EntityValue. EntityValue[ EntityClass["Person", {"Gender" -> "Male"}], "Entities"] $\endgroup$ – Edmund May 4 '17 at 18:28

It seems there's no way to access this data in Mathematica 10 without filtering it and resolving your own list. I've produced a list of all basketball players (albeit in several hours) using the following code:

people = PersonData[]; (* over 500,000 Entities representing people *)

isBasketballPlayer[p_] := Module[{occupation},
  (occupation = PersonData[p, "Occupation"];
    MatchQ[occupation, _Missing],
    MemberQ[occupation, "basketball player"]

basketballPlayers = Select[people, isBasketballPlayer] 
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