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Free and tested optimization, statistical and visualization packages for C#

I am about to implement a variation of the LIBOR-Market-Model (complete with Least-Square-Montecarlo, calibration, pricing etc.) and decided to implement it in C#. The implementation will involve ...
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GJR-GARCH Model In R

Any idea how to estimate GJR-GARCH models in R? Is there any particular library like fGarch that supports such models?
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Mersenne twister random number generator in Java for Monte Carlo Sim.

I am using the Mersenne twister random number generator in Java for a Monte Carlo Simulation. I need a uniform distribution of values between -1 and 1. My code is below (I am importing ...
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open-source implementation of orderbook from FAST?

I'm looking for c/c++ implementation of OrderBook. I need implementation to reconstruct market data from FAST. I don't need to do "matching" because it already did by exchange, I only need to ...
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IB TWS & API, without IB account?

I'll be starting a MFE grad program in Fall, and some of the classes have a lab that use the IB TWS & API. I'd like to play around with it for fun this summer. Unfortunately, I don't have an IB ...
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VaR implementation using quantlib?

I am thinking of writing a VaR framework for my existing system, using quantlib to do the bulk of the calculations. Despite several searches, I have not as yet come across a quantlib VaR ...
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What is the best alternative of Quantlib library

We need to build a Fixed Income Portfolio Risk Analytics solution. Somehow due to administrative reason we can't use Quantlib which is written in C++, even call it through SWIG via JNI. We have tried ...
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Is there any open-source library, implementing “exchange” to be used for algorithms running on the same computer?

Question: Is there any open-source project/library, which can act as a "local exchange" for agents (algorithms), running on the same computer? Clarification: by "local exchange" I mean, that the ...
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Resequencing of MsgSeqNum in FIX 4.2

I am trying to achieve the following functionality using QuickFIX for FIX 4.2 Send a couple of orders and make sure they’re filled. Then disconnect. Change the incoming (from Broker) sequence number ...
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What is an efficient method to find implied volatility?

I have a code that finds the implied volatility using the Newton-Raphson method. I set the number of trial to 1000 but sometimes it fails to converge and doesn't find the result. Is there a better ...
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Looking for C# library that provides/contains performance analytics

I am looking for a C# .Net library that provides trade performance analytics similar to R-PerformanceAnalytics. Basic return statistics, draw-downs, risk-adjusted returns, risk (variations), ...
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How to most optimally perform currency conversions when backtesting on portfolio level?

I am currently expanding my own strategy profiling and testing platform which partly consists of a portfolio backtesting module. The backtest engine processes tick based data (quotes for currencies, ...
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How to implement Maximum Diversification in R?

I am trying to code up the optimization problem for Max Diversification Portfolios. The main problem I am having is properly translating the objective function in to code and port it in to the ...
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What is the best solution to use QuantLib within Excel?

Excel is likely the most widespread instrument across all not-only-quants desks; in addition, we have to keep in mind that Bloomberg and Reuters allow to easily import real time data in Excel, and ...
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Risk-Parity Portfolio Optimization using Extreme Optimization in C#

I'm trying to create a risk-parity portfolio in C# using the Extreme Optimization routines. I'm mostly trying them out to see if I like them or not before I buy them (I'm a student so money is ...
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Technical analysis - Calculating Aroon Indicator Serie

I'm trying to build a class to create Aroon series. But it seems I don't understand the steps well. I'm not sure about what purpose I have to use the period parameter. Here is my first attempt: ...
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Cross Bid and Ask prices for Forex trading

I am using ITCH protocol to get the Market Data information for Forex and trying to implement LOB on it and what i have noticed is that Bid and Ask prices are crossing very often. Should that be ...
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How to trade a Ratio?

I came across a ratio plotting of Corn And Soybeans contracts, notice it's in a historical low, an intuitive question came to my mind, how should I trade this ratio (or relationship)? It's unlike flat ...
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Yahoo finance, interactive chart and historical prices are different

I am very new to the stocks. I checked the TNTE.AS stock on Yahoo Finance website. Here it provides "Interactive Chart" and "Historical Prices". But I found they are showing different values. For ...
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API for after and pre market data

Is there an API or APIs similar to the Yahoo! or Quandl APIs, that give the same access to pre and after market data? I know I can scrape the Nasdaq or Yahoo! Finance sites to get a pre/after market ...
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Implementation of Ledoit Wolf shrinkage estimator within R package tawny

I want to implement the shrinkage intensity given by Ledoit and Wolf, see here page 13. They define $y_{it}$ with $1\le i\le N$ and $1\le t\le t$ be the return on stock $i$ at time $t$. Moreover, ...
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How would it be possible to use Dynamic Programming to search a space of investment strategies to find an optimum?

As my question states, the problem I am having is finding a sensible way to search a large space. Any help or insight that could be provided would be hugely appreciated. Currently I am trying to ...
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Is node.js being used in systematic trading software?

I have a project where I would like to track some tick data and create some indicators to follow it. I am thinking of using Node.js for this project, but I would like to know from those in industry if ...
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How much does a Grid Computing software cost?

So far, I have been performing computations either on my own computer, or using an in-house scheduler that basically chooses a one of the employees' available workstations to run tasks in the ...
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What is the industry standard Quant Finance modeling library for F#

If it exists, has been agreed on, and F# programmers have used it extensively, I would like to know what is the industry standard Quant Finance library for F#. What typical finance scenario(s) have ...
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Covariance for arbitrarily large portfolios

I am implementing a method in Java to calculate the variance, covariance, and value at risk for a portfolio, which should be flexible for use with any number of assets in a portfolio. I am struggling ...
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Treasury Bond Yield Curves in R

Does anyone know if I can access interest rates series from the treasury using R? I tried yahoo! Finance and it doesn't seem to have this kind of information.
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C# - Using Black Scholes Newton returns NaN occasionally

First caveat: I'm a programmer doing this for a client, and my knowledge of options probably has holes in it. So be a little forgiving here. =) The Issue: When I run Black Scholes Newton against ...
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How to sum interest rate curves in QuantLib

C++ code taken from Bonds.cpp and slightly amended: ...
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C++ training from scratch to quantitative trading? [closed]

I have been trading for decades, and I have a solid knowledge of technical analysis but also VB as professional programmer. I would like to start learning C++ from scratch, then specialised in C++ ...
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What is wrong in this GBM simulation?

I am trying to generate a few samples of GBM using the following very simple MATLAB code: ...
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What is the difference between the Interactive Brokers demo account and a personal paper trader account?

I'm interested in testing my trading strategy using the Interactive Brokers API for Trader Workstation. A demo account is provided to play with TWS for free, but if I fund a real account I will be ...
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QuantLib C++: Monte Carlo Engine with SequenceStatistics

I'm trying to implement a Monte Carlo PricingEngine that stores multidimensional statistics. I have done the following: Defined a Monte Carlo Trait that among other things stores as the ...
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Do you have a good application example of Approximate Dynamic Programming?

Have you ever tackled a finance problem with Approximate Dynamic Programming? I have only used dynamic programming for simple examples like a optimal extraction in mining. Do you have canonical ...
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Convergence of GBM mean after simulation?

As a follow up of my previous question, I am now simulating the GBM step by step for $n$ steps. I am using the following implementation for the simulation: $$S_{t+1} = S_t \exp \left[ ...
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How to manage evaluation date changes in QuantLib while using ImpliedTermStructure Class

I will not attach the whole code 'cause it would be just a huge waste of space and it would be not useful for this question's purpose. What I am going to attach here is a snippet code and its output, ...
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Are there any good benchmarks for performance of vanilla option pricing code?

I've seen parsec (http://parsec.cs.princeton.edu/index.htm), which has a PDE pricing component, but the distribution is enormous and I haven't bothered to try to download it for review. I'm ...
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What programming skills are needed in quantitative finance? [closed]

I’m considering a career in finance when I complete my PhD in Mathematics in 2016. My only major programming experience was a C++ course during my MPhys in the 2007-8 academic year, although since ...
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QuantLib: Is the StochasticProcess class adapt for a HJM type of modelling?

I would like to use the following model in QuantLib: $\frac{dF(t,T)}{F(t,T)} = \sigma_se^{-\beta(T-t)}dW_{t}^{1} + \sigma_L\left(1-e^{-\beta(T-t)}\right)dW_{t}^{2}$ This is a reformulation of the ...
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Why annualized return and cumultive return aren't equal over 1-year period with Performance Analytics package in R?

I use Performance Analytics package in R to compare annualized and cumulative return of a portfolio. My expectation is that both should be equal over a period of 1-year but results tell me I'm wrong. ...
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What is the best data structure/implementation for representing a time series in C#?

I'm looking for a tick by tick high performance container. So far I've been using List where Tick is a simple struct with a DateTime and double field. I'm using Linq for date lookups but it's ...
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Trend estimation techniques

What is the best way (most common) to discover if a stock is trending or not? (Despite drawing a line). A hurst exponent? A linear regression maybe?
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Which method is implemented by Excel's YEARFRAC for ACT/ACT?

I know the algorithm used by Excel to calculate the YEARFRAC(startDate, endDate, basis) for basis=1. Excel calls the method "act/act". A Java re-implentation of Excel's algorithm can be found at ...
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Downloading IB futures data and then making a datapump to another program

I never have programmed before in my life but I wouldn't mind learning if I knew what i needed to do in order to solve my problem. I use neuroshell for day trading and use it extensively for trading ...
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Approximate asian geometric option with Heston

I am trying to implement Theorem 1 from this Journal in RStudio. The journal says the it is possible to find a approximate price of a geometric asian option in a Heston setup this way: ...
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Issue with OLS Regression for Nelson Siegel Svensson parameters

I have been working on getting input parameters to the Non-Linear Optimization which gives the Nelson Siegel Svensson model parameters and am carrying out the OLS regression as described in this ...
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Bloomberg scripting language (BLAN)

Did anyone work with Bloomberg scripting language (BLAN is the name I guess). If so is it really flexible and is it competitive with other valuation services (say Super Derivatives). Does it enable ...
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Which are the popular free/open-source charting controls?

Recently i've tried SciChart and VisiBlox - beautiful charting tools. Is there any free or open-source tools for visualizing charts on C#? Thank you for answers.
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Is MATLAB-generated code good enough for use in live trading?

I know that MATLAB has mechanisms for generating code, but I've never used them. Have you? If you have - is it good enough (=fast enough, I guess) to be used in live trading systems? Anything one ...
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The future language of quant programming? [closed]

Im just about to begin the programming aspect of my education towards being a Quant. I know what languages are currently being used and how popular they are. However, I have several good friends ...