Are you a professional R user seeking to create and improve upon profitable financial forecasting models and algorithms?

(Last Updated On: July 5, 2012)


Are you a professional R user seeking to create and improve upon profitable financial forecasting models and algorithms?


If that’s you, I’m running a survey right now which addresses your interests.


You see, I’m currently preparing video tutorial walkthroughs for various model types. Included on my “to do” list (or already done) are the following:










Markov chain or mcmc




Autoregressive (AR)




Event arbitrage


Market inefficiency




Mean reversion


Moving average


Is there anything missing from that list within this survey?


As you’ve probably noticed, the current list features popular models which are rather “vanilla” or academic. They’re almost certainly being tweaked in highly proprietary ways by bank prop desks, hedge funds, and similar institutions in the real world.


But the essential bits and pieces are there (mostly). I’ve only encountered difficulty finding R source code example tutorials for PCA and Markov. Probably because few people have used them in quant financial modeling up until now! If you know differently, I’d appreciate hearing about it.


Other facts of note I’ve uncovered during my search include the reality that you can accelerate single threaded R execution by blending in other languages. C++ for example is often used in conjunction with great R packages like Rcpp or Rinside.


Parallelization and NOsql database solutions also accelerate simulations and calculations. There’s even other uses like GPU, FPGA, and Cuda. The flexibility seems endless.


But I digress. My primary goal with this survey is to discover what models R users and developers are using for their own research. This helps me, but also you too. You’ll have access to the survey results, after all.


I’ll even be incorporating the results of this survey in terms of what to present for my new R Matlab User group.


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I am part of a company called QuantLabs.Net This is specifically a company with a high profile blog about technology, trading, financial, investment, quant, etc. It posts things on how to do job interviews with large companies like Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, Citibank, and IBM. It also posts different unique tips and tricks on Java, C++, or C programming. It posts about different techniques in learning about Matlab and building models or strategies. There is a lot here if you are into venturing into the financial world like quant or technical analysis. It also discusses the future generation of trading and programming Specialties:C++, Java, C#, quant, models, strategies, technical analysis, linux, windows