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Uncovering a Bot Net: Exploring Router Data using Palantir

This video shows how Palantir Finance and Palantir Government can be used jointly as a cyber analysis platform to explore router data and uncover the activity of a bot net attack. Although Palantir Finance is a platform designed primarily for financial analysis, its ability to explore timeseries data in a generic way makes it an [...]

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Palantir Wins VAST2009 Visual Analytics Award

The IEEE VAST Challenge 2009 is over and the awards are in. We had another strong year, scoring two awards. Grand Challenge: Analyst’s Tool Choice Intuitive Traffic Visualization and Video Description of the Analysis Process Out of 48 submissions, only 3 Grand Challenge awards were given this year. Below is our video submission, and you [...]

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Looking to the Future: Forward Earnings Data

Palantir Finance gives us the ability to look at large amunts of data with ease, a trait which lends itself to looking at the millions of corporate earnings estimates at once.   We can use these to determine how bullish/bearish the forecasts are, when companies surprise by beating the estimates, and how the market looks [...]

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Investigating Attacks Against Twitter/Facebook/LiveJournal

The DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on August 6th that brought down Twitter and severely degraded  Facebook and LiveJournal was targeting a Georgian activist who is an outspoken critic of Russia’s Georgia policy.  Media reports, and the target himself, allege that Russians may be behind the attack. This is not the first time that [...]

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Multi-Level Security

One of the great challenges of the modern intelligence community is that of Multi-Level security. Multi-Level security refers to a security environment where users with wide ranging access permissions are simultaneously working with data with wide ranging access controls. The paradox of secure collaboration is that the greater the security control, the greater the possibility [...]

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Event Study: Performance after VIX Spikes

A common type of analysis in finance is looking how events affect the markets.  These can be anything ranging from earnings announcements, split dates, breaking news, or even more complicated technical events. Palantir allows us to isolate the events–as simple as manually inputting dates or as complicated as multiple technical filters–using Date Set.  These can [...]

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Creating Transparency with Palantir

In this video we explore datasets from Open Secrets in Palantir to reproduce the analysis done by the Sunlight Foundation – Visualizing The Health Care Lobbyist Complex. The Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan organization dedicated to providing meaningful access to information about Congress and the federal government, recently published a research report detailing Senator Max Baucus’s [...]

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Finding a Mole: Cyber Counter Intelligence

This video demonstrates the Palantir platform’s cyber analysis capabilities, specifically investigating a notional case of an Embassy employee exfiltrating classified information to an outside organization. This investigation combines network traffic data, routing information, proximity card, or badge swipe events, social network data, and video surveillance to uncover the suspect employee through statistical, temporal, geospatial, and [...]

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Tracking East Asian Terrorists

After the recent bombings of the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta, Indonesia, many media reports suggested involvement by one of the most wanted men in East Asia, Noordin Mohammed Top. In this video we will use Palantir and open source information, to link Noordin to the recent attacks, as well as explore the recruiting and [...]

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The Fed Model

In this post, we will describe an equity trading strategy called the “Fed Model”.  The Fed Model refers to a method of evaluating equity markets versus fixed income markets, which claims that earnings yield of the S&P 500 (predicted forward earnings divided by the current price) can be compared to the yield of the 10-year [...]

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