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Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:33:05 AM »
As announced on June 29th, P2P-Picks now has Prosper Publications. However, it's only available via their API, not through the website.

Questions:
  • Are there any services that currently utilize P2P-Picks' Prosper API for automatic investing?
  • Are there any services or websites that display P2P-Picks' Prosper Publication picks for manual investing?
  • Where can a programmer get the info needed to access P2P-Picks' Publications, either LC or Prosper?

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2014, 09:29:14 PM »
I have a personal prosper - p2p pics system working for me.
Let me know if you are interested.
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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2014, 01:32:54 AM »
Nice, WTG. I should have an announcement soon about a partner for retail.

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2014, 09:19:04 PM »
I'm so proud of myself!

After a really long break from coding, I decided to learn a new language (Python) to code an automated solution using P2P-Picks' Prosper Publications.

The first live run was today and it worked! Still some bugs to work out but overall, the program logic is valid and operational.

I'm particularly proud of:
  • Handling exceptions, which occur more often than I thought, mainly due to network connectivity.
  • The function that turns auto-investing on/off around Prosper's feeding times, even accounting for the different weekend times. Theoretically, I could let the program run 24/7 on my recently purchased Raspberry Pi B+. ;D
There are lots of experienced programmers on this forum but as one that's more green, I'm really happy with my accomplishment.  8)

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2014, 12:14:14 PM »
Good work! How did you (1) prevent double investing and (2) handle timing to start/stop? I put mine on a cron job and just run it for 5 minutes.

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2014, 01:16:03 PM »
Good work! How did you (1) prevent double investing and (2) handle timing to start/stop? I put mine on a cron job and just run it for 5 minutes.
  • I use the Prosper API to retrieve a list of active and pending investments, then test each pick for membership in the list.
  • Ah, a cron job (scheduled task in Windows-speak) would have been much easier! In my case, I created a list of the 12 feeding times in a week. If the current time is within the 1-hour feeding window, it invests until the end of the feeding window, then sleeps until the next feeding time.
Q: Your cron job runs for 5 minutes. Does that mean that you're only considering loans/picks that are posted within the first 5 minutes? And if any new loans/picks occur after the first 5 minutes, you'll just miss out?

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2014, 02:58:35 PM »
Right, but in my experience 99% of loads finish within 5 minutes.

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2014, 06:36:34 PM »
But the Prosper Publication is continually updated throughout the 1-hour feeding window, correct?

I noticed that the number of picks start at zero, then increases in a stepwise fashion, then decreases in a stepwise fashion till it becomes zero again. I guess the increase is due to new picks as loans are loaded during the feeding window. What determines when a pick is removed from the publication?

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2014, 07:22:46 PM »
The query returns the picks within the last hour. So at the start, nothing was picked within the prior hour. Then it increases as picks occur, then after the hour, it starts to decline because no more picks were made after the first hour finished.

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2014, 08:34:13 PM »
Thanks for the clarification.
Now comes the hard part... optimizing for performance.  ::)

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2014, 11:42:14 PM »
Welcome to the game!

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2014, 12:15:13 AM »
Now comes the hard part... optimizing for performance.  ::)

The real hard part would be to come up with your own picks -- Aloha-Picks maybe?  8)

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Re: Investing with P2P-Picks Prosper Publication
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2014, 09:55:07 AM »
Yes! Aloha Picks. I want all of my loans to be optimized for maximum taste of golden pineapple.