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Why Use R?

December 14, 2010
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I use R very frequently and take for granted much that it has to offer.  I forget how R is different from similar tools, so I have trouble communicating the benefits of using R.  The goal of this post is to highlight R's main strengths, but first... my story.How I got started with RI was introduced...

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Why Use R?

December 14, 2010
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I use R very frequently and take for granted much that it has to offer.  I forget how R is different from similar tools, so I have trouble communicating the benefits of using R.  The goal of this post is to highlight R's main strengths, but first... my story.How I got started with RI was introduced...

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Build RQuantLib on 32-bit Windows

December 7, 2010
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Before you start, note that there is now a Windows binary of RQuantLib is available on CRAN.Due to a change in how R-2.12.0 is built, CRAN maintainers could no longer provide a Windows binary of RQuantLib with the QuantLib library they had been using....

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Build RQuantLib on 32-bit Windows

December 7, 2010
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Before you start, note that there is now a Windows binary of RQuantLib is available on CRAN.Due to a change in how R-2.12.0 is built, CRAN maintainers could no longer provide a Windows binary of RQuantLib with the QuantLib library they had been using....

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Risk-Opportunity Analysis

November 12, 2010
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Risk-Opportunity Analysis

I will be attending Ralph Vince's risk-opportunity analysis workshop in Tampa this weekend.  Drop me a note if you're in the area and would like to meet for coffee / drinks.

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Algorithmic Trading with IBrokers

October 25, 2010
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Algorithmic Trading with IBrokers

Kyle Matoba is a Finance PhD student at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  He gave a presentation on Algorithmic Trading with R and IBrokers at a recent meeting of the Los Angeles R User Group.  The discussion of IBrokers begins near th...

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Patrick Burns is blogging

August 28, 2010
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Patrick Burns is blogging

Patrick Burns is the author of several helpful R resources, including A Guide for the Unwilling S User, The R Inferno, and S Poetry. He also wrote one of my favorite critiques of Microsoft Excel: Spreadsheet Addiction. His writing is witty, entertain...

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Margin Constraints with LSPM

August 1, 2010
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Margin Constraints with LSPM

When optimizing leverage space portfolios, I frequently run into the issue of one or more f$ (/f) being less than the margin of its respective instrument.  For example, assume the required margin for an instrument is $500, f$ is $100, an...

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Estimating Probability of Drawdown

June 19, 2010
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Estimating Probability of Drawdown

I've shown several examples of how to use LSPM's probDrawdown function as a constraint when optimizing a leverage space portfolio.  Those posts implicitly assume the probDrawdown function produces an accurate estimate of actual drawdo...

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LSPM Joint Probability Tables

May 18, 2010
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LSPM Joint Probability Tables

I've received several requests for methods to create joint probability tables for use in LSPM's portfolio optimization functions.  Rather than continue to email this example to individuals who ask, I post it here in hopes they find it via a Google...

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