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The price data uses two identifiers for a company, assetCode and assetName, neither of which can be used as its unique identifier. We need to keep track of GOOG. O separately because they have different price histories. This presents difficulties that are not present in industrial-strength databases such as CRSP, and requires us to devise our own algorithm to create a unique identifier. We did it by finding out for each assetName whether the histories of its multiple assetCodes overlapped in time.

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If so, we treated each assetCode as a different unique identifier. If not, then we just used the last known assetCode as the unique identifier.

With only around cases, these could all be checked externally. On the other hand, the news data has only assetName as the unique identifier, as presumably different classes of stocks such as GOOG. O are affected by the same news on Alphabet. So each news item is potentially mapped to multiple price histories. The price data is also quite noisy, and Kagglers spent much time replacing bad data with good ones from outside sources.

As noted above, this can't be done algorithmically as data can neither be downloaded nor uploaded to the kernel. The time-consuming manual process of correcting the bad data seemed designed to torture participants. It is harder to determine whether the news data contained bad data, but at the very least, time series plots of the statistics of some of the important news sentiment features revealed no structural breaks unlike those of another vendor we tested previously.

To avoid overfitting, we first tried the two most obvious numerical news features: Sentiment and Relevance. The former ranges from -1 to 1 and the latter from 0 to 1 for each news item. The simplest and most sensible way to combine them into a single feature is to multiply them together.

But since there can be many news item for a stock per day, and we are only making a prediction once a day, we need some way to aggregate this feature over one or more days. We compute a simple moving average of this feature over the last 5 days 5 is the only parameter of this model, optimized over training data from to Finally, the predictive model is also as simple as we can imagine: if the moving average is positive, download the stock, and short it if it is negative.

The capital allocation across all trading signals is uniform. The alpha on the validation set from to is about 2. The alpha on the out-of-sample test set from to is a bit lower at 1. We would happily invest in a strategy that looked like that in the validation set, but no way would we do so for that in the test set.

What kind of overfitting have we done for the validation set that caused so much "variance" in the bias-variance sense in the test set?

The honest answer is: Nothing. As we discussed above, the strategy was specified based only on the train set, and the only parameter 5 was also optimized purely on that data. The validation set is effectively an out-of-sample test set, no different from the "test set".

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We made the distinction between validation vs test sets in this case in anticipation of machine learning hyperparameter optimization, which wasn't actually used for this simple news strategy. We will comment more on this deterioration in performance for the test set later. We start with 2 categorical features that are most abundantly populated across all news items and most intuitively important: headlineTag and audiences. The headlineTag feature is a single token e.

The audiences feature is a set of tokens e. The most natural way to deal with such categorical features is to use "one-hot-encoding": each of these tokens will get its own column in the feature matrix, and if a news item contains such a token, the corresponding column will get a "True" value otherwise it is "False". One-hot-encoding also allows us to aggregate these features over multiple news items over some lookback period.

To do that, we decided to use the OR operator to aggregate them over the most recent trading day instead of the 5-day lookback for numerical features. Before trying to build a predictive model using this feature matrix, we compared their features importance to other existing features using boosted random forest, as implemented in LightGBM. These categorical features are nowhere to be found in the top 5 features compared to the price features returns.

That is a common fallacy of using train data for feature importance ranking the problem is highlighted by Larkin. The proper way to compute feature importance is to apply Mean Decrease Accuracy MDA using validation data or with cross-validation see our kernel demonstrating that assetCode is no longer an important feature once we do that.

Alternatively, we can manually exclude such features that remain constant through the history of a stock from features importance ranking. Once we have done that, we find the most important features are Compared to the price features, these categorical news features are much less important, and we find that adding them to the simple news strategy above does not improve performance.

So let's return to the question of why it is that our simple news strategy suffered such deterioration of performance going from validation to test set. Most other kernels published by other Kagglers have not shown any benefits in incorporating news features in generating alpha either. Complicated price features with complicated machine learning algorithms are used by many leading contestants that have published their kernels.

The other possibilities are bad luck, regime change, or alpha decay. Comparing the two equity curves, bad luck seems an unlikely explanation.

Given that the strategy uses news features only, and not macroeconomic, price or market structure features, regime change also seems unlikely. Alpha decay seems a likely culprit - by that we mean the decay of alpha due to competition from other traders who use the same features to generate signals.

A recently published academic paper Beckers, lends support to this conjecture. Based on a meta-study of most published strategies using news sentiment data, the author found that such strategies generated an information ratio of 0. Does that mean we should abandon news sentiment as a feature?

Not necessarily. Our predictive horizon is constrained to be 10 days. Certainly one should test other horizons if such data is available. When we gave a summary of our findings at a conference, a member of the audience suggested that news sentiment can still be useful if we are careful in choosing which country India?

We have only applied the research to US stocks in the top 2, of market cap, due to the restrictions imposed by Two Sigma, but there is no reason you have to abide by those restrictions in your own news sentiment research. We will walk you through the complete lifecycle of trading strategies creation and improvement using machine learning, including automated execution, with unique insights and commentaries from our own research and practice.

It will be co-taught by Dr. Ernest Chan and Dr. See www. They have built their businesses and vast wealth not just by sitting in front of their trading screens or scribbling complicated equations all day long, but by collaborating and managing other talented traders and researchers.

Simons declared that total transparency within Renaissance Technologies is one reason of their success, and Lopez de Prado deemed the "production chain" assembly line approach the best meta-strategy for quantitative investment. One does not need to be a giant of the industry to practice team-based strategy development, but to do that well requires years of practice and trial and error. While this sounds no easier than developing strategies on your own, it is more sustainable and scalable - we as individual humans do get tired, overwhelmed, sick, or old sometimes.

My experience in team-based strategy development falls into 3 categories: 1 pair-trading, 2 hiring researchers, and 3 hiring subadvisors. Here are my thoughts.

From Pair Programming to Pair Trading Software developers may be familiar with the concept of "pair programming". According to software experts , this practice reduces bugs and vastly improves the quality of the code. I have found that to work equally well in trading research and executions, which gives new meaning to the term "pair trading".

The more different the pair-traders are, the more they will learn from each other at the end of the day. One trader may be detail-oriented, while another may be bursting with ideas. One trader may be a programmer geek, and another may have a CFA.


Here is an example. In financial data science and machine learning, data cleansing is a crucial step, often seriously affecting the validity of the final results. I am, unfortunately, often too impatient with this step, eager to get to the "red meat" of strategy testing. Fortunately, my colleagues at QTS Capital are much more patient and careful, leading to much better quality work and invalidating quite a few of my bogus strategies along the way.

Speaking of invalidating strategies, it is crucial to have a pair-trader independently backtest a strategy before trading it, preferably in two different programming languages. As I have written in my book , I backtest with Matlab and others in my firm use Python, while the final implementation as a production system by my pair-trader Roger is always in C. Often, subtle biases and bugs in a strategy will be revealed only at this last step.

After the strategy is "cross-validated" by your pair-trader, and you have moved on to live trading, it is a good idea to have one human watching over the trading programs at all times, even for fully automated strategies. For the same reason, I always have my foot ready on the brake even though my car has a collision avoidance system. Evaluation Use and Development Use License. Subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Licensor grants to you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable license, without the right to sublicense, for the term of this Agreement, to internally use the Software solely for Evaluation Use and Development Use.

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Except as expressly licensed in this Section, the Licensor grants you no other rights or licenses, by implication, estoppel or otherwise. You will not distribute the Software to any person on a standalone basis or on an original equipment manufacturer OEM basis. For serious retail traders, I know of no other book that provides this range of examples and level of detail. His discussions of how regime changes affect strategies, and of risk management, are invaluable bonuses.

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Generally, even undergraduate interns prefer to develop a brand new strategy on their own.

One general technique that I have overlooked previously is the use of Monte Carlo simulations.

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