An Introduction to R for Traders

Ram Venkat Dawn Analytics

R environment
• R is an open source environment for statistical computing • An Integrated environment for data manipulation, calculation and graphical output • R is also a dynamic and object-oriented programming language • Standard install consists of around 30 core packages that cover most common statistical and other tasks • CRAN contains over 4000 contributed packages and it is growing

R , RStudio installation
• Both R and RStudio are available in Windows, Mac, unix and Linux • R installation instruction : • Rstudio is a free open source IDE for R, we will be using Rstudio for this tutorial • RStudio can be downloaded from

R packages and sample datasets
• Installing an R package: e.g >install.packages(“quantmod “) • “quantmod” is package for trading and we will be using this for this tutorial • Using quantmod to load some basic data • Using in-built data sets of R

R as an object-oriented language
• Everything is an Object in R • A brief look at an R program • Calling R programs in batch mode • R functions and packages • Calling R from other languages • R Programming Model • Parallel R

R Objects and classes
• Core Objects
– Vector – List – Functions • Other Objects Matrix – Array – Data Frames – Factors

Data inputs and Data Cleaning
• Through package interfaces • From CSV • From Databases • Excel interface • Data Cleaning facilities

R Graphics
• graphics, lattice and grid packages • graphics Package charts: – barplot,dot chart,histogram,density plots,strp charts, quantile plots, scatter plots, image plots, contour plots, interaction plots, sunflower plots • Lattice splits a chart into different panels or groups , making multiple plots on same page easy

Statistical computing
• Data Analysis : Summary, Correlation, principal Component Analysis, Factor Analysis • Time Series • Probablity Distributions • Statistical tests • Regression Models • Classification Models • Clustering

quantmod package
• “A rapid prototyping environment, where quant traders can quickly and cleanly explore and build trading models. “ • Quantmod example on data handling • Quantmod example on charting • Quantmod example on modelling • For more :

Other packages of interest to Traders
• R-sig-finance is your best bet to keep track of the packages: • Other packages mentioned frequently : Rmetrics(fportfolio),portfolio, Rglpk_solve_LP (portfolio optimization) • Broker-specific: Ibrokers (IB)

R Books and Tutorials
• Book - “R in a Nutshell” by Joseph Adler (O'Reilly) • cran-R “An introduction to R” • Quck-R site : gives a discount on the book “R in Action” from Manning

• R and time-series:

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