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Program layout

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Program layout

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When you’ll first start StrategyQuant you’ll see the main screen as in the picture below. The program functionality is divided into tabs on the sides. These tabs are: Home – starting screen of the program, it contains the sample settings, news and helpful links Builder – tool to build new strategies or improve existing ones. […]

Supported building blocks

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Supported building blocks

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StrategyQuant supports over 250 building blocks, including all the standard technical indicators like CCI, RSI, Stochastic, Momentum, etc. It also supports all standard order types – Market, Stop, Limit and advanced exit methods like Trailing Stop or Move Stop Loss to Break Even. The best thing about new SQ X is that it allows you […]

Workflow

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Workflow

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Standard workflow

The general flow of work when generating new strategies can be described as a series of the following steps:

1. Import or download data for backtesting
2. Configure Builder options
3. Run build
4. Evaluate generated strategies
5. Retest or optimize, perform more checks

Strategy style

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Strategy style

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StrategyQuant X allows you to choose from 3 different strategy “styles”. By style we mean how the strategy is constructed.
Every trading strategy consists of set of IF – THEN rules, managing IF something happens THEN do some action. There are however some differences in how exactly these rules are constructed.

Different build modes

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Different build modes

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There are two build modes to choose from:

Genetic Evolution
StrategyQuant first generates initial population of random candidates (using the Random Generation mode) and then uses genetic evolution process to evolve the population and produce better and better candidates with each generation.
The process ends when predefined number of generations is reached or when there’s no further improvement.

Databanks and files

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Databanks and files

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Strategies in StrategyQuant are saved in their own proprietary file format (with .SQ X extension) that can be opened only by StrategyQuant.
If you find potentially good strategies you should always save them so that you can work with them later.

Builder layout

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Builder layout

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When you click for example on Builder you’ll see that the screen is divided into three main columns or sections:

Main concepts

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Main concepts

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When you’ll first start StrategyQuant you’ll see the main screen as in the picture below.

Databank

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Databank

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Databank is a storage place where the generated/tested strategies are stored with their results. Each mode (Build/Test/Improve/Optimize) has its own independent databank table. For memory reasons Databank cannot keep unlimited number of strategies, instead it stores the selected number of top strategies, for example top 100 or top 1000 strategies. The configuration how many strategies […]

Understanding automatic dismissal rules

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Understanding automatic dismissal rules

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StrategyQuant X can be configured to dismiss strategies with “wrong” properties – it is set to dismiss (throw away) these strategies by default. You can control this behavior in Rankings in Builder by clicking on the link Configure automatic dismissal.When you open this dialog you can see that there are 8 different strategy checks, we’ll explain them