I want to build a predictive model for sports betting purposes but I don't know where to begin. I'm pretty sure I'll need a data scraper which I think can be built in java. But how would I get that data scraper to constantly search over and over? I guess I'm just not sure how java works AT ALL.
Without asking all of the little details upfront, can I use java to build a program that can constantly import relevant data and use factors that I specify to predict game outcomes?
More tedious details:
-can the program have sound alerts when certain criterion are met?
-can the program open the Internet browser and log into a certain website and perform tasks when certain criterion are met?
Most importantly, can a total beginner learn to do all of these things in a relatively short period of time?