Online Tools for Demonstration of Backtest Overfitting
13 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2015 Last revised: 1 Dec 2015
Date Written: November 29, 2015
In mathematical finance, backtest overfitting relates to the usage of historical market data (a backtest) to develop an investment strategy, where the strategy profits from random patterns rather than variables’ signals. Backtest overfitting is now thought to be a primary reason why quantitative investment models and strategies that look good on paper often disappoint in practice.
In this study we introduce two online tools, the Backtest Overfitting Demonstration Tool, or BODT for short, and the Tenure Maker Simulation Tool, or TMST, which illustrate the impact of backtest overfitting on investment models and strategies. We describe BODT and TSMT, the experiments they perform, together with technical details such as the evaluation metrics and parameters used.
Keywords: Backtest overfitting, multiple testing, Sharpe Ratio, Deflated Sharpe Ratio, investment strategy
JEL Classification: G0, G1, G2, G15, G24, E44
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