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Working with DARWIN Time Series Data in R (MLD-II)

17 January 2018

This post describes how to prepare and analyse OHLC time series objects in R, from DARWIN datasets available publicly on our GitHub profile. * UPDATE (FEB 20, 2019): The datasets referenced below are no longer available on GitHub. Kindly request access to the DARWIN API here and download the data as described in the rest of the […]

Machine Learning on DARWIN Datasets (MLD-I)

8 December 2017

Machine learning in essence, is the research and application of algorithms that help us better understand data. By leveraging statistical learning techniques from the realm of machine learning, practitioners are able to draw meaningful inferences from and turn data into actionable intelligence. Furthermore, the availability of several open source machine learning tools, platforms and libraries […]

Setting up a DARWIN Data Science Environment

30 November 2017

This post describes how to setup a data science environment for DARWIN R&D. Whether you’re a Data Scientist, Quant, Trader, Investor, Researcher, Developer or just someone keen on putting the DARWIN asset class under a scientific microscope, the contents of this post should hopefully give you a sound start. The tools, libraries and datasets referenced herein […]

How To Identify Overfit Trading Strategies

15 November 2017

In this post, we describe the main features and behaviours of overfit trading strategies, and the risks they pose to both traders and DARWIN investors. Overfit trading strategies typically perform well in backtesting environments, creating the illusion that they exploit the market inefficiency being targeted, really well. However, when deployed in a live trading environment, […]

Currency Index Indicator for MetaTrader 4

20 October 2017

In this post, we describe the purpose, composition, parity, calculation logic and construction of a Currency Index for each of the 8 major currencies. These include: EUR – Euro USD – US Dollar GBP – British Pound JPY – Japanese Yen AUD – Australian Dollar NZD – New Zealand Dollar CHF – Swiss Franc CAD […]

MetaTrader Backtesting – Best Practices for Algorithmic Traders

16 October 2017

MetaTrader backtesting can be tricky business for algorithmic traders. Follow these best practices to engineer robust, reliable trading strategies. Watch the full video tutorial here (36 minutes). Simulating a strategy’s historical performance correctly, increases the probability of it generalizing well to unseen market data in future. As such, it’s important that all backtesting be conducted […]

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