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A practical introduction to garch modeling

July 6, 2012
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A practical introduction to garch modeling

We look at volatility clustering, and some aspects of modeling it with a univariate GARCH(1,1) model. Volatility clustering Volatility clustering — the phenomenon of there being periods of relative calm and periods of high volatility — is a seemingly universal attribute of market data.  There is no universally accepted explanation of it. GARCH (Generalized AutoRegressive … Continue reading...

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Applying a function successively in R

July 3, 2012
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Applying a function successively in R

At the R in Finance conference Paul Teetor gave a fantastic talk about Fast(er) R Code. Paul mentioned the common higher-order function Reduce, which I hadn't used before. Reduce allows me to apply a function successively over a vector. What does that...

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Graphics Artifacts from Quarterly Commentary

July 2, 2012
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Graphics Artifacts from Quarterly Commentary

For my Q2 2012 commentary, I tried multiple graphs to illustrate the disconnect of the US stock markets with the rest of the world.  I think I finally settled on this simple Excel bar graph populated by Bloomberg data, but I thought some might lik...

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My first competition at Kaggle

July 2, 2012
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My first competition at Kaggle

For me Kaggle becomes a social network for data scientist, as stackoverflow.com or github.com for programmers. If you are data scientist, machine learner or statistician you better off to have a profile there, otherwise you do not exist. Nevertheless, I won’t bet on rosy future for data scientist as journalists suggest (sexy job for next

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Random portfolios versus Monte Carlo

July 2, 2012
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Random portfolios versus Monte Carlo

What is the difference between Monte Carlo — as it is usually defined in finance — and random portfolios? The meaning of “Monte Carlo” The idea of “Monte Carlo” is very simple.  It is a fancy word for “simulation”. As usual, it is all too possible to find incredibly muddied explanations of such a simple … Continue reading...

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New R User Groups in Ankara, Toronto

June 25, 2012
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Two new local R user groups to report this week. In Turkey, the Ankara R Users Group has just started up. No meetings are scheduled yet, so be sure to suggest a meeting time/location when you sign up. The Toronto-based R Matlab Users group focuses on financial services applications. Created by Bryan Downing (who also produces the QuantLabs blog),...

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Actuarial models with R, Meielisalp

June 23, 2012
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Actuarial models with R, Meielisalp

I will be giving a short course in Switzerland next week, at the 6th R/Rmetrics Meielisalp Workshop & Summer School on Computational Finance and Financial Engineering organized by ETH Zürich, https://www.rmetrics.org/. The long...

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Framing investing as a decision-making process

June 23, 2012
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Framing investing as a decision-making process

Brian Peterson and I had a chance to visit the University of Washington a couple of weeks ago at the behest of Doug Martin, where we gave a seminar covering various R packages we’ve written. Here are the slides we used. We also had quite a bit of time that we spent with Doug, Eric

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Body Weight in the United States – Part 3, "Contributing Factors"

June 20, 2012
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Body Weight in the United States – Part 3, "Contributing Factors"

Carbs In Part 2 of this series, micro-nutrients were cited as a non-factor for weight gain. This is not the case with macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water). While fats, proteins and water are essential (without them you could no...

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Factor Attribution

June 19, 2012
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Factor Attribution

I came across a very descriptive visualization of the Factor Attribution that I will replicate today. There is the Three Factor Rolling Regression Viewer at the mas financial tools web site that performs rolling window Factor Analysis of the “three-factor model” of Fama and French. The factor returns are available from the Kenneth R French:

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