🚀 TO THE MOON 🚀
To The Moon is an /r/wallstreetbets bot that periodically scrapes the subreddit for relevant stock tickers that appear in posts.
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She said, "Where we goin'?" I said, "The moon" - Travis Scott
The spike of the $GME stock has sparked some major press recently. We believe that there is something special happening with average joes on a reddit board deciding which way the needle moves as opposed to the folks running the hedge funds on wall street
Challenges we ran into
The biggest obstacle we ran into was developing the parser which ran against all the titles and descriptions of the reddit posts. We had to optimize our code in a way that would sort the posts which have been cleared of tickers and those which were not.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Aside from just finishing a minimal viable product, we enjoyed the process of learning react and deploying a full stack application. We came in with a simple idea: a bot that periodically scrapes /r/wallstreetbets, evaluates trending stocks, and aggregates the data to a simple front-end.
What we learned
I mostly took a back seat to the coding on this project and got to take the reigns as our teams leader. I took the lead on designing our systems, managing the workload, and tagging in when my expertise on full stack development was necessary.
Helped design and implement the retrieval of trending stocks from Reddit RSS feed and wrote logic to display stocks in the front-end.
What's next for To The Moon
We want to add a chart which evaluates trends from prior scrapes of /r/wallstreetbets throughout the week so that users can compare the amount of hype different stocks receive throughout the course of their discussions. It would be nice to scrape posts with images and have them be analyzed by the vision engine provided by GCP. We can leverage the technology to see into screenshots being posted by users on the forums.