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Advanced Python for Financial Technologies

PYTH-134 (3 Days)

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Python for Finance Training Overview

Maximize returns. Visualize your portfolio. Execute your latest Killer Trading Algorithm. All of these and more are easily within reach by harnessing the open-source power of Python, (see e.g. this blog discussing programming languages in the financial industry).

This Advanced Python course, Python for Finance Training, teaches you how to apply Python to a diverse range of financial technology applications, including acquiring data from popular financial data providers, as well as cleaning, exploring, and visualizing the resulting datasets. Attendees learn how to approach the implementation of algorithmic models and how to construct rich and insightful models, with an emphasis on ethics, compliance, and security. 

Location and Pricing

Most Accelebrate courses are delivered as private, customized, on-site training at our clients' locations worldwide for groups of 3 or more attendees and are custom tailored to their specific needs. Please visit our client list to see organizations for whom we have delivered private in-house training. These courses can also be delivered as live, private online classes for groups that are geographically dispersed or wish to save on the instructor's or students' travel expenses. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for private training at your site or online, please contact us.

In addition, some courses are available as live, online classes for individuals. See a schedule of online courses.

Python for Finance Training Objectives

  • Automatically extract financial data from common data providers
  • Know how to clean, aggregate, and manipulate financial data effectively
  • Conduct elementary time series analysis
  • Understand stochastic processes and common noise models
  • Construct models for inference and forecasting, such as ARIMA and linear and logistic regression
  • Generate powerful visualizations, such as candlestick charts
  • Extract financial data by scraping websites
  • Understand the fundamentals of supervised and unsupervised machine learning models as applied to finance
  • Apply Recurrent Neural Nets (RNNs) and Long Short-Term Memory Units (LSTMs) to financial time series and understand their limitations
  • Understand the principles behind Blockchain technology  

Python for Finance Training Outline

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Introduction
Crunching the Numbers: Numerical Python With NumPy
  • Introduction to the n-d-array
  • NumPy operations
  • Broadcasting
  • Missing data in NumPy (masked array)
  • NumPy structured arrays
  • Improving performance through vectorization
  • Random number generation
  • Introduction to Monte-Carlo methods
  • General approaches to implementing mathematical algorithms
Acquiring and Manipulating Financial Data With Pandas and Pandas-Datareader
  • Series versus DataFrames
  • Overview of data types in pandas
  • Pandas I/O tools: CSV/Excel/SQL
  • Pandas I/O tools: Pandas-datareader
  • Subsetting DataFrames
  • Creating and deleting variables
  • Discretization of continuous data
  • Scaling and standardizing data
  • Identifying duplicates
  • Dummy coding
Exploratory Data Analysis and Advanced Pandas Methods
  • Uni- and multivariate statistical summaries and detecting outliers
  • Group-wise calculations using pandas
  • Pivot tables
  • Long to wide and back: pivoting, stacking and melting
  • Python visualization: Matplotlib and seaborn
  • Pandas visualization: histograms, bar and box plots
  • Pandas visualization: Scatter plots and pie charts
  • Group-by plotting
  • Pandas plot formatting
  • mpl-finance and candlestick charts
  • Merging DataFrames
  • Pandas string methods
  • Implementing regular expressions in pandas
  • Handling missing data in pandas
Elementary Time Series Analysis
  • Date/time formats in Python and pandas
  • Running/rolling aggregates
  • Resampling
Stochastic Processes
  • Overview of noise models
  • Stationarity
  • Random walks and martingales
  • Brownian motion
  • Diffusion models
  • The Black-Scholes model—and its limitations
Time Series Forecasting
  • De-trending and seasonality
  • Interpolation and extrapolation
  • Auto-Regressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) models
Measuring Impact: Testing For Group Differences
  • Null hypothesis testing and p-values
  • Group comparisons (p-values, t-tests, ANOVA, Chi-square tests)
  • Correlation
Progressing, With Regression Models
  • Linear regression
  • Logistic regression
  • Regression on count outcomes (Poisson processes)
Conclusion
Optional: Machine Learning Fundamentals for Finance with scikit-learn
  • Requirements: NumPy, pandas. Time required: 4 hours
  • Machine learning approaches to multivariate statistics
  • Machine Learning theory
  • Data pre-processing
  • Supervised versus Unsupervised learning
  • Unsupervised learning: clustering
    • Clustering algorithms
    • Evaluating cluster performance
  • Dimensionality reduction
    • A priori
    • Principal component analysis (PCA)
    • Penalized regression
  • Supervised learning: regression
    • Linear regression
    • Penalized linear regression
    • Stochastic gradient descent
    • Scoring new data sets
    • Cross-validation
    • Variance-bias trade-off
    • Feature importance
  • Supervised learning: classification
    • Logistic regression
    • LASSO
    • Random forests
    • Ensemble methods
    • Feature importance
    • Scoring new data sets
    • Cross-validation
Optional: Recurrent Neural Nets and LSTMs with PyTorch
  • Requirements: NumPy, pandas, Machine Learning fundamentals. Time required: 4 hours
  • Introduction to PyTorch
  • Regression in PyTorch
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • RNNs/LSTMs with PyTorch
Optional: Scraping By: Obtaining Financial Data from Publicly Accessible Websites
  • Requirements: Base Python. Time required: 2 hours
  • Parsing HTML/CSS with BeautifulSoup
  • Establishing a Connection
  • Building a Web Scraper
  • Advanced Scraping: Building a Web Spider with Scrapy
Optional: Blockchain technologies
  • Requirements: Basic Python, NumPy (useful, but not mandatory). Time required: 4 hours.
  • The Ingredients For a Blockchain
  • The Hash Function
  • Advanced Functions
  • Constructing Your Own Blockchain
  • Shortcomings of current blockchain technologies
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Lecture percentage

50%

Lecture/Demo

Lab percentage

50%

Lab

Course Number:

PYTH-134

Duration:

3 Days

Prerequisites:

All Python For Finance training students should already be somewhat familiar with fundamental Python syntax and concepts.

Training Materials:

All students receive comprehensive courseware.

Software Requirements:

  • Any Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X operating system
  • An installation of Python 3.x (Anaconda installation recommended)
  • An IDE with Python support (Jupyter notebook, Spyder or PyCharm Community Edition)

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