So it's been a week since I started down this path. I worked most of this out over last weekend, went to a conference, had hectic week at work, and then realized I lost my work. Gah.I'll be posting my general thoughts on R later. Most...

A common approach to reducing risk associated with financial portfolios is diversification. A portfolio made of components that are all highly correlated with each other -- a portfolio composed solely of financial stocks, for example -- is risky, because if there's a wide-spread crisis that affects the banking sector, all components of the portfolio will tank at once, together....

My previous post talked about how we can employ PCA on the data for multiple stock returns to reduce the number of variables in explaining the variance of the underlying data. But the idea was greeted with skepticism by many. A caveat to the applicatio...

"The R-Files" is an occasional series from Revolution Analytics, where we profile prominent members of the R Community. Name: Paul Teetor Profession: Quantitative developer (freelance) Nationality: American Years Using R: 7 Known for: Author of R Cookbook (O’Reilly Media, 2011) An active member of the R community, Paul Teetor is a quantitative developer and statistical consultant based in the...

This is the first post in the series about Asset Allocation, Risk Measures, and Portfolio Construction. I will use simple and naive historical input assumptions for illustration purposes across all posts. In these series I plan to discuss: Maximum Loss, MAD, CVaR, CDaR, Omega Risk Measures 130:30 Long/Short portfolios and Cardinality Constraints Arithmetic and Geometric

(Contributing blogger Joe Rickert has put together a fantastic list of data sources suitable for use with R. If you're looking for data to use in the Applications of R Contest -- entries close October 31 -- this is a great resource for you -- Ed.) Hardly a day goes by without someone or something reminding me that we...

Today I want to discuss a connection between Risk, Return and Analyst Ratings. Let’s start with defining our universe of stocks : 30 stocks from Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) index. For each stock I will compute the number of Upgrades and Downgrades, Risk, and Return in 2010:2011. I will run a linear regression and

plot.table function in the Systematic Investor Toolbox is a flexible table drawing routine. plot.table has a simple interface and takes following parameters: plot.matrix – matrix with data you want to plot smain – text to draw in (top, left) cell; default value is blank string highlight – Either TRUE/FALSE to indicate if you want to

Sometimes, the only thing we want is a chart that speaks for itself rather than boring regression tables in our research paper. Graphs are efficient at showing the broad picture of an issue. In fact, graphs in research papers seem to be gaining a momentum in political science. If you want a more in-depth discussion about this, you may...

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