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Creating a set of histories that satisfies certain statistics

I'm looking at a download of BlackRock's capital market assumptions, which gives a bunch of statistics, such as expected and quartiles for asset classes' returns for different timeframes, volatilities ...
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Are return time series ergodic?

It seems intuitive to me that return time series would be ergodic. Is there a test statistic that I can use to check this? Would this be affected by sampling rate? One way I can think of checking ...
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Topics for a 5 ECTS point project in a Msc Applied Math prorgram [closed]

I need 5 ECTS to complete my education (Msc in applied math, finance track). A statistics professor have agreed to do a project with me but I need to come up with the topic myself. Can you reccomend ...
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Calculating performance decay of a strategy

Came across this thread which basically advises t-test for difference in means across periods to calculate whether our edge is deteriorating. The catch being that this test will probably not be ...
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How skewed are FX returns? Does this look like a plausible histogram of EURUSD?

I'm reading about volatility. I've charted the histogram of EURUSD and I am wondering if this looks plausible? What I've charted are the 1-hour percent change returns (not log returns). I've removed 0 ...
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Correct terminology - estimate or model?

I am doing some academic work and I'd like to summarise the picture around volatility models. As such, I'd like to refer to several ways of estimating volatility and I'd like to use proper terminology....
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How to calculate the longest expected losing streak for a system that trades all the index members simultaneously?

For a trading system that trades only one security we can easily compute the longest expected losing streak using this formula: where: n is the number of trades, ln is natural logarithm, P is the ...
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solve.QP in R doesn't give a solution satisfying the constraint

I've dealing with a quadratic programming problem as following, and my objective is to get a 49*1 vector. $$\widehat{\boldsymbol{w}}^{0}(\tau):=\underset{\boldsymbol{w}(\tau) \in \mathbb{W}}{\arg \min ...
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CAPM alphas have unexpected p-value distribution

I am trying to "test" whether the EMH holds by testing for every stock in the S&P 500 whether it has a "significant" CAPM alpha. If the EMH is true, then the null-hypothesis (...
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Statistical testing of out-of-time portfolio performance (measured via a custom metric)

I'm testing (out-of-time) my machine learning (ML) based strategy against a strong benchmark. As a performance metric, I'm using a custom rolling metric $M(t)$ which takes into account the portfolio ...
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How does trndbot generate buy/sell signals?

I was looking at trndbot and it's buy/sell signals are pretty good - what algorithm are they using to generate these signals? Although it maybe similar to bollinger bands, it algorithmically ...
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Did annual Sharpe ratio follows T distribution?

Under some special condition, Sharpe ratio can be annualized by multiply $\sqrt{252}$, Since daily Sharpe ratio ($\frac{mean(r)}{std(r)}*\sqrt{T}$) follows student T distribution with degree of ...
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What does p-value adjustment under FWER do?

The background is I am predicting a time series with three strategies, the hypotheses is the strategies have a non-zero Sharpe ratio. I am reading Backtesting, by Campbell Harvey and Yan Liu paper in ...
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What's a sensible way to measure correlation in the volatility surface?

Lets say I construct a parametrisation of the volatility surface that lets me infer dynamics i.e correlation between strike vol. Is computing the sample correlation (after controlling for spot-vol ...
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Can I dynamically change hyper-parameters of a model?

Question Can I apply different hyper-parameters for different training sets? I can see the point of using the shared parameters but I cannot see the point of using shared hyper-parameters. The ...
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How do I deal with nonexistant data in a time series with an irregular frequency?

I am trying to do some time series analysis on the margin resulting from three specific commodity futures contracts and ultimately forecast the margin. The margin is calculated as M = F1 + F2 - F3. I ...
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Examining individual portfolio allocation changes over time

I am currently working with a pretty large panel dataset containing the investment holdings of many individuals over time (i.e., for each individual I know the positions per stock over time). I was ...
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Computing statistics from historical returns

I'm reading age 35 of "Advances in Machine Learning" by de Prado. Consider an IID multivariate Gaussian process characterized by a vector of means μ, of size Nx1, and a covariance matrix V, ...
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Best method to determine future success or to determine best linearity?

Long time viewer, but first time poster, so excuse me if i'm in the wrong place please. Anyway, I am working on a project that is pretty interesting. Through data mining, I am able to gather a ton of ...
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Estimating the variance of returns with aggregated data

Say I have an asset return time series: Jan2020: -5% Feb2020: +5% Mar2020: -5% Apr2020: +5% May2020: -5% Jun2020: +5% Q3 2020: +20% Oct2020: +5 Nov2020: -5 Dec2020: +5 Note that 3 months of data is an ...
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Why is a smaller portfolio norm better?

If the norm of the portfolio weight vector, $\frac{1}{p}\sum_{i=1}^n |w_i|^p$ for $p=1,2$, of portfolio A is 0.6, and the norm of portfolio B is 0.4, then portfolio B is considered more attractive ...
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Martingale stochastic processes

Does anyone know how to do this question? A player whose initial holding is $N$ bets 1 on each game of a series of independent identical parts. He loses his bet whether he loses or he wins but, if he ...
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Forecasts for the S&P 500?

Would anyone know of any monthly forecasts for the S&P 500, historical over a long time periods. Websites like estimize provide forecasts of all sorts of things likes stocks and the balance of ...
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Is the portfolio return distribution a weighted combination of individual asset return distributions?

We know that the portfolio expected return is a weighted sum of the individual assets' expected returns (asset means). We also know that the portfolio variance is a weighted combination of the ...
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Hierarchical copula vs. vine copula

Vine copulas are a sequential cascade of bivariate copulas meant to capture the hierarchical structure in the dependence structure of random variables. How does this relate or differ from the concept ...
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Imperfect Competition among Informed Traders - Back, Chao and Willard

The following assumptions are part of the paper of Back, Chao and Willard and I can not solve for the statistic that is denoted as $\phi$ in the sequel. I would be glad if anyone could help me. Below ...
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What should degrees of freedom $\nu$ be set to when modeling financial returns that follow the t-distribution?

The closer the t-distribution degrees of freedom ($\nu$) is to 0, the more heavy are the tails, whereas high degrees of freedom recovers the normal distribution. In finance, what value is usually used ...
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Alternative low-moment measure of skewness

$$ \widehat{\text {Skew}}_{i, t}=\frac{3 \cdot\left[\hat{\mu}_{i, t}-\operatorname{median}\left(r_{i, d, t}\right)\right]}{\hat{\sigma}_{i, t}} $$ is called Low Moment Skewness by Baltas and Salinas (...
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How to understand the results of the Johansen test?

So I now there are numerous pages on the johansen test, and what the results mean. Though I am confused as to what it is doing exactly. So my understanding is that it will find the spread of 2 ...
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sub-Gaussian random variables in financial economics

Unlike financial time series that typically possess fat tails, sub-Gaussian random variables have strong decay in the tails of their distribution. do sub-Gaussian random variables or processes appear ...
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Comparing curve fits

I am experimenting with building a forward curve. I have a piece of code which constructs my prototype curve. I've got a curve sample which was constructed manually and I use it as the baseline - the &...
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Escape Dynamics in financial economics or time series

These slides describe escape dynamics to be a type of, or having some relation to, rare event(s). Black swan events in business cycles was also included under the definition of rare events. My guess ...
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Large deviations theory in finance

In probability theory, the theory of large deviations concerns the asymptotic behavior of remote tails of sequences of probability distributions. A related post says: Large deviations theory is ...
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garch(1,1) Annualised Volitility with python

I am trying to calculate the annualized Volatility of given returns for a stock with Garch(1,1) on python using a code I found online. The value I should be getting is around 27, but the value I am ...
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question about significance level

A case study in a exam material goes like this: "Assume that the bank reports a daily VAR of \$100 million at the 99% level of confidence. Under the null hypothesis that the VAR model is ...
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Pearson correlation significance : Issue with $t$-statistic increasing with $N$

I have two assets which seem not correlated (correlation coefficient = 6.3% using monthly frequency and 48 data points). I want to test the significance of the correlation. Null hypothesis is that ...
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How to extract p-value from ur.df package of urca in R? [closed]

I want to extract the p-value from the below output. How do i get it? ...
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Why does the Hurst exponent pseudo code not match the Python implementation?

I am working on understanding the Hurst exponent calculation by Ernest Chan; however, the description of the algorithm does not match the Python implementation. Chan [Algorithmic Trading: Winning ...
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How to calculate a position's contribution to its portfolio's tracking error?

Say we have assets X (with weight $w_a$) and Y (with weight $w_y$) in a portfolio. X and B returns are correlated: $Cov(R_x, R_y)\neq 0$. The portfolio's tracking error is: $std(R_p - R_b) = std((w_x*(...
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Issues making series stationary

I am trying to run some ARIMA forecasts and I switched recently from R to Python. I am struggling for some reason to make this series stationary . I try to take the log returns of stock prices as such ...
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How to use autocorrelation plot to interpret time series data?

how can we use auto correlation plot or correlogram to interpret time series data? I have 6 different acf plots (a,b,c,d,e,f), from this 6 plots what kind of informations and patterns can I identify? ...
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Creating a standard Gaussian model on stock market data

One of the big problems in creating good statistical models in the stock market is because of the long tails that deviate from Gauss' [regular] bell model, is there a way to create a synthetic Gauss ...
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The distribution of mean reversion time from the OU process

I was reading the paper Statistical Arbitrage in the US Equity Market and I couldn't understand the figure that plots the histogram of the empirical distribution of characteristic time to mean ...
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How to annualize skewness and kurtosis of a forecasted distribution

I have a (non-normal) distribution of expected cumulative returns 10 quarters in the future, from which I have calculated mean, standard deviation, skewness and kurtosis. I would like to annualize ...
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Cointegration stationary test yields different results if the pairs are swapped

I've been backtesting on a spread mean reversion strategy on certain stock pairs. I observe the stationarity via scatterplot and plotting a histogram. Then I verify it using Augmented Dickey Fuller ...
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What are important statistical concepts used as a quant?

I'm interviewing for some quantitative researcher positions at some hedge funds, and I've been told that there will be one interview session focused on stats, and one focused on ML, among others. This ...
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Is there a way to formulate a Martingale series that will never explode?

Martingale's betting method can be seen here:https://www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/06/martingale.asp My question is if there is a way to put a non-exploding martingale, [There is one attempt to ...
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Proof of variance reduction of bagging

In Lecture 4 of the following course: Advances in Financial Machine Learning: 10 Lectures by Marcos Lopez de Prado link in the proof of variance reduction for a ...
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Mutual fund performance over time

I am a little bit stuck with my dissertation thesis, so help will be greatly appreciated. I am trying to analyze the performance of different mutual funds, which I have classified according to ...
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Does the default rate follow normal distribution or binomial distribution?

I'm quite confused about the distribution of default rate. I understand the default can be seen as from binomial distribution

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