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Software Dev Intern Projects – 2011

Palantir Technologies Interns, 2011 As we roll into the peak of internship season, it seems like a worthwhile time to talk about just what it is that interns do in their time at Palantir: our software engineering interns are full members of the development team from the day they arrive. During their time with us, [...]

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Introducing Palantir’s first open source releases

We’re big fans of open source. Libraries from Apache, Google, and various projects hosted on SourceForge.net make up a significant fraction of the third-party code we use to build our products. We’re proud to be making our first set of open source releases with these two projects: Cinch and Sysmon. We think it’s the right [...]

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How to Rock a Systems Design Interview

Comic courtesy of XKCD, via Creative Commons License Note: this third installment in our series on doing your best in interviews. Previously: “How to Rock an Algorithms Interview” and “The Coding Interview”. One interview that candidates often struggle with is the systems design interview. Even if you know your algorithms and write clean code, that [...]

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The Coding Interview

Note: this part is part two of our series on doing your best in interviews. Part one: “How to Rock an Algorithms Interview”. Here at Palantir algorithms are important, but code is our lifeblood. We live and die by the quality of the code we ship. It’s no surprise, then, that coding ability is what [...]

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How to Rock an Algorithms Interview

Comic courtesy of XKCD, via Creative Commons License We do a lot of interviewing at Palantir, and let me tell you: it’s hard. I don’t mean that we ask tough questions (although we do). I mean that the task of evaluating a candidate is hard. The problem? Given a whiteboard and one hour, determine whether [...]

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Help! Is there a doctor in the network???

Cyber security is a hot topic, especially in national security circles. The world has witnessed a number of high-profile incidents in the past two years that have been notable for sharing three very important aspects: they were targeted attacks, carried out against specific institutions they were politically motivated, and, inconclusively, appear to be state-sponsored they [...]

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A rigorous friction model for human-computer symbiosis

This is a response to Ari’s awesome post on human-computer symbiosis. Ari and I were chatting about the equation he developed and I was wondering if there were some further refinements that are possible… let’s take a look: We are attempting to understand the total analytic capability for a given task a of a human-computer [...]

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Friction in Human-Computer Symbiosis: Kasparov on Chess

As we build our platforms and applications following a human-computer symbiosis approach, we keep an ear to the ground for interesting examples that illuminate new techniques or validate our approach in some empirical way. One of the areas that we’re interested is in the overall friction of analysis systems. The systems that we build are [...]

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Palantir: like an operating system for data analysis

If you’ve taken the time to peruse the Palantir Government analysis blog, you’ve seen numerous examples of Palantir Government as applied to interesting problems; they are recorded screen captures of our analysis desktop client. It’s a showcase of useful, meaningful, and compelling visual and semantic tools being used to do analysis on a wide range [...]

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The Palantir Technologies Demo Reel: screenshots, round 3

Software engineering is a craft that blends science and art. This fact is easy to overlook as the artistic aspects are often eclipsed by discussions of the science and technology behind what we do. This is not one of those times: the art in software engineering is most evident when building compelling visual interfaces, something [...]

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