pckswarms.ch - interesting uncommon events

While the below research into commodities markets is still interesting, we're going to give a shot at the International Digital Earth 3-D Visualization Challenge. Why? I've always been interested in Earth data, and, now I have some motivation to work on something.

More details under the Earth Swarms link but the basic idea is that this needs to run as many places as possible, and, not require fiddly 3d library installation and/or annoying graphics card/GPU installation. If you have something cool it runs faster, otherwise it just runs.

We're going to do this in The Squeak Environment Squeak since nothing else is so good at cross platform portability. Java? Yea, not on any system I actually own and run...

At pckswarms.ch we research techniques to find interesting, but uncommon, events. For example, we have developed a program to scan ethernet packets for uncommon connections in order to discover spyware and bots. More information can be found under the Packet Swarms link on the side bar.

Current research concentrates on applying the same techniques to Commodities markets. Why, you ask, might you care? VAR (Value At Risk) models are common, but, I'm not sure if they don't give a false sense of security in that rare events might first be less rare, and, might be much more damaging that VAR models show.

This work was done with lisp in the past and now we're migrating to The Caml Language while studying Haskell

26 Mar 2007


Stick a fork in it, because it's done. The International Digital Earth 3-D Visualization Challenge project, called earthSwarms is done. The change set is here and I'll put the full packages up on the earthSwarms page in a short bit.

04 Mar 2007

Got a first release up and running. It can display three areas of the world: Geneva, Genoa, and San Francisco. Not perfect, but a nice first cut. It uses the srtm30_plus data.

Bruce O'Neel

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