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Co-Evolving Online High-Frequency Trading Strategies Using Grammatical Evolution
University of Borås, School of Business and IT. (CSL@BS)
University of Borås, School of Business and IT. (CSL@BS)
University of Borås, School of Business and IT. (CSL@BS)
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Numerous sophisticated algorithms exist for discovering reoccurring patterns in financial time series. However, the most accurate techniques available produce opaque models, from which it is impossible to discern the rationale behind trading decisions. It is therefore desirable to sacrifice some degree of accuracy for transparency. One fairly recent evolutionary computational technology that creates transparent models, using a user-specified grammar, is grammatical evolution (GE). In this paper, we explore the possibility of evolving transparent entry- and exit trading strategies for the E-mini S&P 500 index futures market in a high-frequency trading environment using grammatical evolution. We compare the performance of models incorporating risk into their calculations with models that do not. Our empirical results suggest that profitable, risk-averse, transparent trading strategies for the E-mini S&P 500 can be obtained using grammatical evolution together with technical indicators.

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IEEE , 2014.
Keyword [en]
Grammatical evolution, High-frequency trading, Machine learning, Data mining
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Computer Science Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7321DOI: 10.1109/CIFEr.2014.6924111Local ID: 2320/14713OAI: diva2:888034
IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering & Economics, 27-28 March, 2014, London, UK
Best paper award.Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22

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