Data Analytics for Macroeconomists

The philosopher’s stone for traders and economists is to find statistically significant relations between asset prices and economic variables. This workshop explores routes to that goal.


Tech Analysts, S&T Analysts (optionally)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Make informed choices of what variables and prices to include in a predictive model;
• Automatically apply time-lags to some variable/price series to establish causality;
• Make informed choices of methodology;
• Standardise and scale variables to make them amenable to analysis
• Implement a Train/Test/Validate approach to the data they have.
• Enhance the model through e.g. data mining techniques.

Course Content

• Recap of relevant tools in Python: pandas, Numpy and rolling() to generate signals
• What are relevant data to include? Should we, or the model decide? An introduction to PCA and other feature selection methods
• Approaches to modelling: what are we trying to predict? Actual price/vol changes or binaries (e.g. bull/bear indicators)
• Method selection – what criteria?
• Train/test/validate the model
• What conclusions have we drawn?


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