Noise Fit, Estimation Error and a Sharpe Information Criterion
48 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2016
Date Written: February 19, 2016
When optimizing the Sharpe ratio over a k-dimensional parameter space the thus obtained in-sample Sharpe ratio tends to be higher than what will be captured out-of-sample. For two reasons: the estimated parameter will be skewed towards the noise in the in-sample data (noise fitting) and, second, the estimated parameter will deviate from the optimal parameter (estimation error). This article derives a simple correction for both. Selecting a model with the highest corrected Sharpe selects the model with the highest expected out-of-sample Sharpe in the same way as selection by Akaike Information Criterion does for the log-likelihood as measure of fit.
Keywords: Model Selection, Sharpe Ratio, Akaike Information Criterion, AIC, Back-testing, Noisefit, Overfit, Estimation Error, Sharpe Ratio Information Criterion, SRIC
JEL Classification: C13, G11
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