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Unemployment Rate and Stock Market Returns

The unemployment rate is generally considered to be a lagging countercyclical economic indicator. To better understand this indicator, we are going to use Palantir Finance to recreate a study by the CXO Advisory Group that analyzes the relationship between changes in the unemployment rate and the future returns of the S&P 500. This workflow assumes [...]

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GovCon 6 session videos are now online

Thanks to everyone who attended our 6th Government Conference. For those of you who weren’t able to join us, we’re happy to announce that videos of the day’s presentations are now available online: Our next Government Conference will be in the fall of 2011. We’ll share more details on that in the coming months.

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Maoism in India

The Naxalite-Maoist insurgency is an ongoing conflict between Maoist groups, known as Naxalites or Naxals, and the Indian government. The insurgency started as a peasant rebellion in the eastern Indian village of Naxalbari in 1967 and has currently spread to a large swath in the central and eastern parts of the country referred to as [...]

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Analyzing Baseball With Palantir

In 2007, specialized cameras were installed in every Major League Baseball stadium across the United States. These cameras capture an extensive amount of data for every pitch thrown. This data set is called PITCHf/x. Brian Bannister, after a demotion to the minor leagues, took this data and through analysis was able to adjust his pitching [...]

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Turtle Breakout Trading Strategy Simulation

Introduction The “turtles” are a group of traders in the 1980's formed by Richard Dennis and William Eckhardt to study whether trading ability is determined by nature or nurture. The group’s story is covered in many books such as Market Wizards by Jack D. Schwager, Way of the Turtle by Curtis Faith (an original turtle), [...]

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Tracking Analyst Optimism in Palantir Finance

We examine an interesting study recently published in the April 2010 McKinsey Quarterly.  The study can be found here (registration required), and the results are further discussed here.  This study examines a phenomenon known as “optimism bias” – the tendency of analysts predicting company performance to over-estimate how well a company will perform.   Analysts are [...]

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Afghanistan Mineral Resources

In 2007, the United States Geological Survey published an assessment of the non-fuel mineral resources of Afghanistan, along with a supporting GIS database. This open-file report updated and greatly expanded upon previous such reports, such as this one from 2002. We imported both the 2002 and the 2007 U.S.G.S. data into Palantir, integrating it with [...]

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Palantir Mobile

Palantir’s engineers have now brought Palantir to the palm of your hand. Incorporating technologies such as Blue Force Tracking and augmented reality, Palantir Mobile improves situational awareness by providing access to all of your organization’s information through innovative interfaces on a mobile device. A powerful fusion of intelligence and operations is achieved when Palantir Mobile [...]

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Automating Portfolio Analysis in Palantir

In this video we show how to carry out performance attribution analysis on portfolios created in Palantir, and how this analysis can be automated using Hedgehog, the Palantir Finance programming language. This video is best viewed in full-screen mode. If you have trouble viewing the embedded video, you can download a copy here.

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Palantir Presents at the Community Health Data Initiative Forum

Palantir was delighted to present at the US Department of Health and Human Services’ June 2nd Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI) forum about harnessing the power of information to improve health.  Our presentation showed how to enable policy makers and community leaders to analyze data relevant to the health of their communities and make data-driven [...]

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