In September 2020, I was selected as one of eight students across the United States to work in BitCamp Serverless. After working with Microsoft engineers to learn about serverless architecture design and development, I created Flux.
Problem: Fluctuations in renewable energy risk access to power, and causes us to use dirtier electricity.
Solution: Flux aims to reduce a user's carbon footprint and mitigate fluctuations in demand by periodically informing them of their regional power grid's demand through SMS text messaging.
The main obstacle was figuring out how often to text users of the power demand. The more texts sent, the more annoying it became. The less texts sent, the more useless Flux would be. To find the correct balance of frequency, I tested three outlier rules of basic statistics.
Rules and Frequencies
Thus, the 1.5 Quartile Rule became the threshold preset for outlier identification of power demand.