Lon Riesberg
personal projects

Data Elixir

Posted: September 9, 2014

Data Elixir is a weekly newsletter with the best data-related news, resources, and inspirations from around the web. Rotating topics include In the News, Tools and Techniques, Resources, Data Viz, Inspiration, and Career. Data Elixir is my creation and is geared towards data science and engineering professionals.

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Stock Market Selection Strategies

Posted: July, 2013

This is a D3/Javacript project that enables a user to compare and analyze 82 different stock market strategies using a dataset from the American Association of Independent Investors. The dataset is simply a csv file that indicates the percentage change each month for each of the 82 strategies. Annualized returns, standard deviations, risks, and Sharpe ratios are calculated on-the-fly, client-side, for user-selected time ranges and presented as an interactive visualization with multiple cross-filters.

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Spacecraft Orbit Simulation

Posted: December, 2012

When I was working at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, I designed the Science Data Center for a NASA program called the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission. Around that time, I was exploring data visualization using OpenGL and needed an interesting project to play with. Building the 4 rotating MMS spacecraft in code and then using simulated attitude and orbit data to animate them in their orbits became an obvious choice. I never released the code anywhere but I did create a short video showing its capabilities.

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I'm a software engineer, specializing in data exploitation and visualization. I also curate a newsletter called Data Elixir for data scientists and engineers. Prior to getting a graduate degree in Computer Science, I spent a decade teaching teamwork and leadership skills with the National Outdoor Leadership School.