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My deal is HFT so what I care about is read/load data from file or DB quickly in memory perform very efficient data-munging operations (group,transform) visualize easily the data I think is is pretty clear that 3. goes to R, graphics and ggplot2 and others allow you to plot anything from scratch with little effort. About 1. and 2. I am amazed reading ...

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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 but 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): Earlier ...

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Instead of wild guesses about R's/python's future in the community, here some facts: The following query on StackExchange Data Explorer counts the number of questions that have <r> or <python> tags. If you scroll down on one of the three webpages provided below, you can see a graph with data on a monthly basis. You can easily run this query on ...

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You can use Matlab too, that, in my humble opinion, is simpler than R from a syntax point of view. The model you need for is run by the Matlab function arima that can be used with seasonality option to do what you have to do. Here you can find an example and a brief explanation of the model. Type ctrl + F and search for: "Specify a seasonal ARIMA model" ...

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7 years ago I had to solve the problem of a efficiency frontier under linear constraints on the asset weights and also stumbled upon Markowitz Critial Line Algorithm. I still have a directory with some resources in it. Since Bryce already gave a practical implementation with R code by Eric Zivot, I will concentrate on some papers which might help. I ...

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If you can add linear constriants (as you can do in quadprog) then you can formulate $w \mu = c_1$ as linear constraint, no matter what $\mu$ is (and first delete it from the objective by setting the parameter to zero. The only problem is the one norm. Let my clarify, this is: $$\sum_{i=1}^n |w_i| < c_2$$ Thus you allow for short sales but you want to ...

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At first we considered it to be a bug where the overrides does not propagate correctly. Edit: Here is a corrected examples, thanks to @Sid. Setting it as an options field works: library(Rblpapi) blpConnect() ## initalize data import end.dt <- Sys.Date() start.dt <- end.dt - 100 # keep it simple for example index.growth <- "MXUS000G Index" ...

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You're setting an option, not an override. Your code works fine if you replace names(overrides.px) = "periodicity" px = bdh(securities = indices,fields = "px_last",start.date = start.dt,end.date = end.dt, overrides = overrides.px) with names(overrides.px) = "periodicitySelection" px = bdh(securities = indices,fields = "px_last",start.date = ...

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It is very hard to answer this quiz as people might be good at different at tools. For example, if you are good at VBA, then you can achieve the same effect compared to R in most cases. The following parts are the reasons why I prefer to R based on my own situation. 'package'. This is the most obvious strength of R over Excel in terms of convenience. You ...

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My favorite tool is Sornette's own Finanical Crisis Observatory: http://tasmania.ethz.ch/pubfco/fco.html If you are interested, I have developed my own tool in Java and JavaCL which can be found here: https://thebubbleindex.codeplex.com/

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There are a couple of issues with your example. First, for this ticker, there is a problem with the Yahoo price data for the period 2014-11-26 through 2014-12-03 in which the prices drop about 80% and then return to their trend line. This appears to be related to a stock split which Yahoo isn't handling properly and isn't real. Its causing part of your ...

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For the tasks listed, both Python and R perform very well. There are some packages in Python not in R and vice 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. Calling Python from R does not work equally ...

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Answering my own question as it could be useful for others. Actually package fOptions is vectorized. The only constraint (and that make sense) is that you can't compute at the same time 2 different greeks, or mix up calls and puts. So assuming that you want to compute the delta of a set of puts, the code will be the following: ...

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Yes, it exists and it is called ccgarch package. You can install that by simply running in R install.packages("ccgarch") and learn more about that on the CRAN relative paper. Moreover, I suggest you to read this lecture hold by the author during an R conference. Hope this help.

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This simply suggests the linear model is a poor fit in high frequency. But is this that surprising, even before you crunch the numbers? I argue not, for the following reasons: Even at low frequencies (i.e. monthly or annually), it is known that the classical CAPM (which is what you're running, albeit at a much higher frequency) does not fit well. It'd be ...

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Some advantages of R over Excel: R is a scripting language, which allows to record a data manipulation script once and reuse it multiple times. R, as a [scripting] programming language is much more flexible than very limited Excel's GUI. In fact, R has become a de facto statistical programming environment, which delivers most recent statistical techniques. ...

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I have the same problem as you. Up to my knowledge, there is no package allowing to combine seasonal ARIMA process with GARCH effects.

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Actually, neither of your two results are quite correct. As explained in the Details for the Return.calculate function, most of the PerformanceAnalytics functions use discrete returns, not log returns. To get the correct results, you will have to convert your data from log returns to simple returns. Compare the charts from the following: ...

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It is a classical misunderstanding, your model is right, you always have a acf equal to one at lag zero (and not one) since if there is no lag acf = covariance(x , x_lag 0) / variance x = variance x / variance x = 1. So you need to pay attention to the x axis , some software displays ACF starting at lag zero and some others from 1 (which make better ...

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The documentation of the R package PerformanceAnalytics provides examples for both the Return.annualized() and Return.cumulative() functions. The annualized return scales up sub-annual returns to an annual return. You may observe the difference by typing Return.annualized (without any parameters) in your R console to see the functions implementation. Look ...

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Use PortfolioAnalytics See my previous response here: http://quant.stackexchange.com/a/16002/2154 , you will find links to the documentation there. You can use the constraint function to add a factor exposure constraint of 0. use add.constraint(your_portfolio_name,type='factor_exposure',B = your_vector_of_betas,lower=0,upper=0)

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There are two answers to your question If you want to use the Neston-Nandi model, you can use it directly with the parameters that you already show above: model = list(omega = 0.000001, alpha = 0.5, beta = 0.4) In r, the fOptions package has an HN model that can use them: HNGOption(TypeFlag, model, S, X, Time.inDays, r.daily) If you want to calculate ...

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The mean equation specification for ARIMAX(8,0,0)(5,0,1)[7] (as in the R code above): $$(1 - \phi_1L^1 - \ldots - \phi_8L^8)(1-\Phi_1L^7 - \Phi_2L^{14} - \ldots - \Phi_5L^{35})y_t = \beta x_t + (1 + \Theta_1L^7)\varepsilon_t$$ where $x_t$ is the holiday dummy variable. Equivalent ARIMA fit in Matlab (+ GARCH and forecasting): % specify seasonal ...

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The price difference is so large -- that the only possible reason is that you have spot and strike confused between the two functions. And indeed: R> fOptions.BAW <- BAWAmericanApproxOption(TypeFlag, S, X, Time, + r, b, sigma, title = NULL, description = NULL) R> quantlib.BAW <- AmericanOption("call", X, S, b, r, Time, + ...

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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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Similar to Juan Gil's answer but a bit differently I would say the following based on this: The OU process $$dX_t = \kappa(\theta-X_t)dt + \sigma dW_t$$ can be (Euler-Maryuama discretization) discretized at times $n \Delta t,n=1,\ldots,\infty$ which gives with $t = k \Delta t$ $$X_{k+1} - X_k = \kappa \theta \Delta t -\kappa X_k \Delta t + \sigma (W_{k+1} ... 2 For a Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process, the maximum likelihood parameters are the ones from least squares regression. If your process is:$$ dX=\kappa (\theta-X)dt+\sigma dW $$you can do a linear regression in the form$$ \frac{dX}{dt}=a+bX+\epsilon $$So your parameters will be:$$ \kappa=-b  \theta=-\frac{a}{b}  \sigma=std(\epsilon dt) 

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Looking at your code, you seem to be mixing the risk minimization formulation of the mean-variance problem with the risk aversion formulation. Both formulations include the "budget" constraint, that the sum of the weights equal 1, and can require that each of the weights be greater than zero, the "long-only" inequality constraints. In the risk minimization ...

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