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Characteristics of “Junk” Rallies

A lot of people have been focused on what they called the “junk” characteristics of the stock market rally that began in March. The implication is that there was a massive short squeeze [?], which is another way of saying that too many people were positioned short the same unpopular stocks and then were forced [...]

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Palantir as an Overhead Imagery Platform

One of the areas of Application Programming Interface (or API) expansion in our latest release of Palantir, 2.2, was geospatial layers. These layers empower developers to build novel geospatial analysis tools on top of our Map application. In this video we will show three examples of Map Layers: Heatmap: Visualizes density of geospatial points of [...]

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Investing in Cheap, Efficient Companies

In this blog post we explore a strategy that buys cheap companies with high return on assets. To measure the performance of this strategy we created an Index of such stocks and rebalanced it yearly, investing equally among the chosen stocks. In quantitative terms, the stocks we picked at each rebalance satisfied the following criteria: [...]

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Profiling Somali Piracy

Analysis of Piracy Around the Horn of Africa The recent hostage rescue by US Navy SEALs off the coast of Somalia has focused media attention on the growing threat of piracy to international shipping in the Horn of Africa. We have applied our advanced analysis capabilities to data published by the International Maritime Bureau Piracy [...]

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Can Changes in Implied Volatility Predict Changes in Trading Volume?

Today, we examine whether we can anticipate trading volume based on changes in implied volatility. We are going to utilize a relatively new piece of the Palantir platform, Scatterplot. My first task was putting a little meat behind the question and defining what we would call a change in implied volatility. I decided to employ [...]

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The Secret History of Silicon Valley

When Palantir Technologies was founded, we thought we were doing something particularly unique for Silicon Valley—embarking on a labor of love, solving hard technical problems, supporting the national security of our nation. It turns out that we are actually standing on the shoulders of heroes—of giants so prolific that they are the ones that not [...]

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West Nile Virus Infections in the US 1999-2007

Since 1999, the Centers for Disease Control have published reports for West Nile Virus. Using data through 2007, Palantir has plotted the westward expansion of infections using our Map Application and Palantir Heatmap Helper. The cyclical nature of West Nile and the temporal jumps in the disease pop-out as we discover the local hotspots and [...]

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Congo

With the recent arrest of General Laurent Nkunda, one of the key rebel leaders fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we decided to take a look at an ongoing conflict that has involved armies from across Africa and defied numerous attempts to establish a lasting peace. Our analysis focuses on the complex relationships of [...]

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Infowar Monitor Uncovers GhostNet Cyber Espionage Network

Our friends at the Information Warfare Monitor, a joint initiative between the SecDev Group and the Citizen Lab, have just released findings of a massive suspected cyber espionage network affecting 1,295 computers in 103 countries. From the New York Times article: “This is also believed to be the first time researchers have been able to [...]

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Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage fraud can take many forms, including: Securing multiple loans that exceed the value of the property Selling the same property multiple times to different buyers Dishonest appraisals resulting in inflated home values Schemes profiting from defaults on FHA secured loans Straw buyer schemes to conceal the true borrower from the banks or authorities According [...]

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