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This is interesting because I see another trend: Matlab is being replaced by R, but I guess this is another story. I use R for my academic (I am also teaching this stuff) as well as my consulting work (I am mainly working in the $\mathbb{P}$ area, with some excursions into $\mathbb{Q}$). I tried Python but it didn't work for me. I think the main reasons I ...

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I've used both R and Python with Pandas in a professional quantitative financial work to do both large and small scale projects. I would strongly recommend Python with Pandas over R for most new projects in the field especially in time series analysis. While I don't dispute vonjd in that you will find more libraries in R with algorithms on the bleeding ...

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For data analysis, particularly for large data analysis project, pretty much most of the top quant hedge funds and a lot of the banks are using Python (over R) for a couple of reasons, although many still have bits and pieces of R for specific packages or functions (I work at a bank and interface with quite a few quant hedge funds on data analysis): ...

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It doesn't matter if you use *100 or just pct_change, as long as you are consistent. However, in practice, due to underlying floating point numerical instabilities in the underlying optimization algorithms/default tolerances used in scipy/arch, having the returns expressed in %, i.e. multiplied by 100, will have a better chance of converging during the ...

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Firstly, you'll probably be directed to consider Zipline. It's worth a look but I don't think that it's a good starting point, since: Quantopian's developers don't have a financial background and it shows through in the Zipline source code. Zipline is dreadfully slow if you compare it to any commercial platform with backtesting functionality in a compiled ...

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possible update: http://pmorissette.github.io/bt/ based on http://pmorissette.github.io/ffn/ both were easily installed and somewhat usable for a novice. would love some examples other that github documentatiion

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def bbands(price, length=30, numsd=2): """ returns average, upper band, and lower band""" ave = pd.stats.moments.rolling_mean(price,length) sd = pd.stats.moments.rolling_std(price,length) upband = ave + (sd*numsd) dnband = ave - (sd*numsd) return np.round(ave,3), np.round(upband,3), np.round(dnband,3) sp['ave'], sp['upper'], ...

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I'd put this down as a comment, but don't have the reputation to do so. There is (or at least used to be) a two part MOOC course over at Coursera by one of the developers of QuantSoftware Toolkit. This is not an endorsement of the course or the software, just a statement of fact (for the record, I did do a part of the course, but found it too simplistic and ...

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You will need an entry and then a "Grouped" stop loss and take profit (one cancels other). An implementation of this exists in quantstrat in R called ordersets. Documentation and source code can be found here: https://r-forge.r-project.org/scm/viewvc.php/pkg/quantstrat/R/orders.R?view=markup&root=blotter You will unfortunately need to port this and ...

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Quandl has a python api: https://www.quandl.com/help/api and free stock fundamentals (some) https://www.quandl.com/help/api-for-stock-data

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Both R and Python can do this very nicely. For Python you would need the pandas package and its dependencies. pandas has a lot of basic statistics, but for more advanced statistics like it looks like you want to do, you can use the statsmodels package, which can work directly with pandas data types. It can also download the csv files directly off the ...

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For the tasks listed, both Python and R preform very well. There are some packages in Python not in R and visa-versa, my solution for this is to simply call R from Python. This allows for the best of both worlds. It is also important to note I do not write any R code other than calling an R library from Python.

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Just checked in my python script for daily futures data from Interactive Brokers. Maybe it will be useful for you: https://github.com/busygin/ib_data_loader

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The IB API calls your code asynchronously when there are account updates after you have called reqAccountUpdates. But you have to provide a callback function (handler) for the IB API to call. Looks like from the [ibPy documentation example] (https://code.google.com/p/ibpy/wiki/IbPyOptional) and how the Java IB API is defined, you want to call ...

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In addition to the above answers - You should be very careful that you do not introduce survivorship bias in your creation of indices and choose your data source carefully to remove such bias. For example, Yahoo Finance only contains currently-listed securities.

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Go talk to Fincad. Here is their page on integrating with scripting languages: http://www.fincad.com/news-events/assets/pdfs/mar07/using-fincad-developer-scripting-languages.pdf Their analytics libraries include bond analytics, and they have a spreadsheet product so you can test methods and results before implementing them. Disclaimer: I work for a ...

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As far as I know the Newton method is the preferred method for yield calculation. Two ideas to optimize the loop spring to mind: Run the loop in parallel. Use the last yield as starting value. If you have a good guess the number of iterations necessary per optimization is reduced significantly. How to get the most out of the previously calculated yield ...

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If you don't know the meaning of the other matrices, I'd look more at the docs and the definition of the quadratic program: http://cvxopt.org/userguide/coneprog.html#quadratic-programming This is also an example from the book: http://www.ee.ucla.edu/~vandenbe/publications/mlbook.pdf And there is a good deal of explanation there. Finally, if you don't ...

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There is a module called visualize-wealth that provides: Documentation auto-generation capability with sphinx Portfolio construction methodologies in 3 ways (trade blotter, weight allocation frame, and static allocation series) All basic statistical measures, including many sophisticated ones such as CVaR, Mean Absolute Tracking Error, Cornish Fisher ...

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I have also been searching for algo trading in Python. According to my findings: there are many such librairies available, open-source or proprietary, they are all built quite specifically. as a result, when you know how to use one, it is the only one you are able to use. their stage of development is quite heterogeneous and future uncertain, eg what did ...

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