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seen Aug 21 '13 at 15:17

After studying algebraic geometry, algebraic topology and category theory, after teaching mathematics and computer science in university and high school, after studying bioinformatics and implementing image analysis algorithms in a biotech start-up, I have since been working in finance, in London, Tōkyō and Hong Kong.

My preferred programming languages are R and Perl, but I try to use the best language and tools to solve the problem at hand. I also like to learn more marginal languages, such as Haskell or Oz/Mozart. I am interested in human languages, too.

Here is a selection of my answers.


May
4
answered Analytical relationship between a covariance matrix and cross-sectional dispersion
Apr
12
awarded  Enthusiast
Mar
31
comment If the distribution of returns in symmetric, why not use a coin toss, small risk & high reward?
Your strategy seems equivalent to the following: the price $X_t$ is a standard random walk, you buy at $t=0$ and sell when it reaches -1/2 or 2 (whichever comes first). In this case, the expected profit is zero.
Mar
22
comment a simpler test for normality given skewness, kurtosis and autocorrelation and size of time series
To visually compare distributions, it is often easier (for the untrained eye) to look at the quantile-quantile plots: the sample data versus a gaussian distribution to test for normality, the first half of the sample versus the second half to test if the distributions are identical.
Mar
19
answered Time series of PCA - Sign change in factor loadings
Mar
1
awarded  Editor
Mar
1
revised How to fit probability density function from sample moments?
Explain what the GMM is. Note that it is overkill, here.
Mar
1
answered How to fit probability density function from sample moments?
Feb
7
answered How to minimize the difference between a parametric VaR and a MC-VaR with lognormal assumption?
Feb
6
comment Calculating log returns using R
To be sure that lag works as you expect, it is much safer to store your time series as zoo or xts objects: if you use vectors (or even ts objects), many operations will discard or ignore the timestamps.
Feb
3
awarded  Teacher
Feb
3
answered How to simulate correlated assets for illustrating portfolio diversification?
Feb
1
awarded  Supporter