Hanging out with the BlackRock team!
Joseph Stalin once said, "The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic." We aim to prove him wrong.
What it does
Pathos uses Virtual Reality to make data more meaningful.
You can use Pathos to understand your investments.
The first case we developed this weekend uses the Blackrock Aladdin API to run Portfolio Analysis on a group of four stocks, and examines the effect of economic shocks on portfolio return to help the user visualize the optimal portfolio allocations.
You can use Pathos to understand your environment.
Next, we analyzed the Gun Violence Archive to allow a user to experience an environment that puts faces to numbers regarding gun violence in 2016. The time lapse includes a forecast two extra months into the future.
You can use Pathos to understand the world.
Lastly, we used monthly death tolls from the World Bank (citing Uppsala Conflict Data Program) to humanize the scale of violence in the Syrian Civil War since its inception to December 2017. This involved more forecasting with R.
How we built it
We wrote the back-end analysis in Python and R along with the Aladdin API, and animated Unity objects using C#.
Challenges we ran into
Getting Oculus to work was very challenging, as none of our laptops had the graphics capabilities to run it.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
The experience we've created in VR are a lot more immersive than we had expected.
What we learned
We learned how to design for 3D, the basics of Portfolio Analysis, and how amazing Chicken and Waffles are.