We were recently given a lecture (by Dr. Susan Thomas) on Harry Markowitz portfolio optimization theory, and I was really fascinating with the noble laureate's story of how he found it difficult to convince his guide about the importance of h...

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Investment Performance Guy has a post “Periodicity of risk statistcs (and other measures)” in which it is wondered how valid volatility estimates are from a month of daily returns. Here is a quick look. Figure 1 shows the variability (and a 95% confidence interval) of volatility estimates for the S&P 500 index in January 2011. … Continue reading...

The Omega Ratio was introduced by Keating and Shadwick in 2002. It measures the ratio of average portfolio wins over average portfolio losses for a given target return L. Let x.i, i= 1,…,n be weights of instruments in the portfolio. We suppose that j= 1,…,T scenarios of returns with equal probabilities are available. I will

Having worked just a little with R, I have some first impressions to share. I'll give you some links to resources I found helpful with writing the previous project. First, the documentation is not very good. I struggled on previous attempts to figure things out. I still find it crap shoot when I Google, looking for an answer....

If you are creating maps then for goodness sake Use sensible colours! I was helping some undergraduates with some work the other day, and they decided to use the following colour scheme for representing river depth: Deep water: Red Medium-depth water: Bright green Shallow water: Pink Why did they do this? Well, either they were

In view of open-source parallel computing with R this week presents a big step to the future. R 2.14.0 was released at October 31th, 2011. Now, R base ships with a parallel computing package called “parallel”. library(parallel) It combines advantages of the packages multicore and snow and it contains support for multiple RNG streams. The

Thanks to everyone for participating in the "Applications of R in Business" contest. R users submitted more than 25 entries, describing how R is used in industries including life sciences, finance, manufacturing, sentiment analysis, and even sports. Some entries are just outlines for now (competitors have until November 30 to finalize their entries), but already there are some quite...