Title

Confidence Weighted Mean Reversion Strategy for Online Portfolio Selection

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2013

Abstract

On-line portfolio selection has been attracting increasing attention from the data mining and machine learning communities. All existing on-line portfolio selection strategies focus on the first order information of a portfolio vector, though the second order information may also be beneficial to a strategy. Moreover, empirical evidences show that the stock price relatives may follow the mean reversion property, which has not been fully exploited by existing strategies. This article proposes a novel on-line portfolio selection strategy named ``Confidence Weighted Mean Reversion'' (CWMR). Inspired by the mean reversion principle in finance and confidence weighted online learning technique in machine learning, CWMR models the portfolio vector as a Gaussian distribution, and sequentially updates the distribution by following the mean reversion trading principle. CWMR's closed-form updates clearly reflect the mean reversion trading idea. We also present several variants of CWMR algorithms, including a CWMR mixture algorithm which is theoretical universal. Empirically, CWMR strategy is able to effectively exploit the power of mean reversion for on-line portfolio selection. Extensive experiments on various real markets show that the proposed strategy is superior in comparison to the state-of-the-art techniques.

Discipline

Databases and Information Systems | Finance and Financial Management | Management Information Systems

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data

Volume

7

Issue

1

ISSN

1556-4681

Identifier

10.1145/2435209.2435213

Publisher

ACM

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2435209.2435213