Squared returns are considered pillars of GARCH/ARCH modelling and most used method for forecasting or studying volatility.
Can you tell me how to calculate it from simple stock price. Is it better it to calculate based on logs or just simple prices?
UPDATE from the Original Poster (posted as an answer)
My question is that do taking log or not taking logs and getting squared returns, would reveal the same volatility. I actually did not take log as I saw on Youtube a method to calculate returns. Now when I find justification for using squared returns, can I quote squared returns as same as logaritmic squared returns and say that I follow the same squared returns as used for GARCH modelling? I want to say that I used squared returns because it is used in volatility models and is a convention in finance but problem is that it uses logrithmic squared returns. Can I still quote that I follow the tradition of GARCH / ARCH modelling while using squared returns (squared returns calculated as simple formula but not taking log). My problem is whether I can still say that I follow the same pattern as GARCH models do for squared returns despite I do not use logarithmic squared returns?