The project is inspired by the websites that sell all the exotic animals that we have encountered and how massive the market actually is. We wanted to develop a tool for the conservation and the biologist to help predict the fluctuation of the wildlife prices so they can act before the activities spike.
What it does
The tool is developed to study the trend of the trend and the fluctuation of the market prices in the market. Through this system, we can monitor or predict any activities that affect the trends of the wildlife market and act before any illegal activities occur.
How I built it
We built the tool using Visual Basic in Python language and incorporated some libraries such as Pandas and BeautifulSoup. The website is developed using Visual Basic in PHP and after both is developed, we integrated the website and the tool together.
Challenges I ran into
One of the challenges that we ran into is when scraping the prices off the website and into the csv, the format of the website we scrapped was not standardized hence encountered a lot of problems which we need to fix. Hence, we spent about 8 hours fixing the issue and the time-consuming problem costed us many other functions not done.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I was in charged of designing the user-interface and the final product of our development is what I'm most proud of.
What I learned
I came from a biology background with nothing related to technical and IT stuff like coding, however I get to learn how to do the programming of the system within the time allocated, the challenges faced as well as the reward of managing to solve the challenge that was encountered. Overall it was a fun experience.
What's next for Wildlife Price Trend Monitor Tool
We will develop more functions such as a graph for the adverts about the specific animal, and generate table to see the details of the specific month in the graphs.