I have been playing a quantitative investing game (instructions here) that is actually quite interesting, teams have some time to decide their next moves. It requires all kind of knowledge such as spreadsheet -programming, residual -analysis, portfolion -management, allocation, XYZ -- variables and in the end the challenge is to develop the politics that maximize the utility in the game (and the utility functions change unexpectedly in the game) -- a real dynamic programming problem at the best. I feel it is quite fun and useful way to practice quantitative skills (besides extremely fast programming during sprints and good preparation drives analysis skills such as R and statistics/over-fitting/etc, besides a lot of fun-hectic time in a group).

  1. Can you come up with more "research labs" (aka games) like that perhaps more realistic with historical data?

  2. They do not need to be like the above, they could be on a more specific segment such as speculation with inverse yield curve with historical-data-approximated values or anything like that, ideas?

  3. I am thinking that there may be some sort of competitions in real-life on this kind of issues, are there? Experience?

I find this kind of games/challenges could be quite driving agent to teach and learn different kind of usually-low-profile quantitative issues, very well monopoly works but it is a bit too static to learn quantitative skills to analyze and synthesize information.

P.s. I am now not looking for mock investing or financial games but games where you get a massive amount of data and you have some goal like in the example game, actually the massive amount of data is not essential -- just on some challenging quantitative issue.

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    $\begingroup$ Does this mentioned game above come in a non-finish version? The documentation looks fun, but when I try to navigate around I get to finish pages. $\endgroup$
    – Nemis
    Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ @AdAbsurdum: the game was played in a way that you supplied a bunch of numbers in text-file to the game (no language barrier). The only useful information is the English site. $\endgroup$
    – hhh
    Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 10:04
  • $\begingroup$ ...the inspiration to this game comes from Strategem and some book Limits-to-growth (according to my instructor), only a triviality to know but they may contain something to look at. $\endgroup$
    – hhh
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 17:47
  • $\begingroup$ this would be a good idea and should be extended $\endgroup$
    – pyCthon
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 5:33

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Try this: if you win this, you are really good ;)

  • The Heritage Health Prize, is a contest to predict the admission of patients. The company provides you historical data. This is a very interesting exercise where you can apply AI and statistics/econometrics http://www.heritagehealthprize.com/c/hhp

  • if you are looking for different projects, why not join Kaggle (http://www.kaggle.com) ? Kaggle is a crowdsourcing website trying to match people/companies which have problems to solve with data scientists. There are often prizes.

The Heritage Health Prize has started a long time ago and the level of competition is quite high, so I would not expect to even have a chance to win the prize if I started now, but it can be interesting nevertheless especially that your research on the patients admissions will have real world impact if useful !

If you are serious about this and preferably living in London, drop me a message, I would like to do some research but I would like to be part of a group.

The Heritage Health Prize is not an investment game per se, but is kind of related to actuarial sciences and the skillset require overlaps with financial timeseries analysis.

  • $\begingroup$ Kaggle is a great site. $\endgroup$
    – jlowin
    Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 16:55
  • $\begingroup$ @jlowin: are you looking for someone to join your team ? $\endgroup$
    – BlueTrin
    Commented Sep 11, 2012 at 9:25

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