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Previously i just had about 500-1000 pre-loaded in the Ninja Analyzer. This regularly bogged down the application (crashed it). I also had to "pre choose" which securities i watched. that took many hours to figure out. Now i just run my scan against all equities.

Bravo Amibroker.

I also agree great to hear that you also think the same way about the heavy ninjatrader scanner, I have not tried it but it just seems as are MC and Ninja optimized for futures and are not optimized for handling multiple symbols. How is the experience with MC on your side for scanning large symbol stacks ?


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PS - i still dont like the charting enough to use it much other than quick culling of the herd. And contrary to how the support group voted for its Yahoo email type forum -- i find it so difficult to user i dont even bother with it.

I agree with that yahoo groups have a outdated user interface. But maybe it is just the cheapest way to build an support group. This enables amibroker to stay as cheap as they are.

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MC is better but i cannot load in 6000!!!! The switching in charts in MC is also quicker than Ninjatrader. All things being equal i would rather use MC than Ninja to chart stocks (not futures) only, but I have a couple of custom things in Ninja i dont have in MC and i really like them.

I hope v8 of ninja improves the analyzer performance...




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I also agree great to hear that you also think the same way about the heavy ninjatrader scanner, I have not tried it but it just seems as are MC and Ninja optimized for futures and are not optimized for handling multiple symbols. How is the experience with MC on your side for scanning large symbol stacks ?


I agree with that yahoo groups have a outdated user interface. But maybe it is just the cheapest way to build an support group. This enables amibroker to stay as cheap as they are.


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I agree with that yahoo groups have a outdated user interface. But maybe it is just the cheapest way to build an support group. This enables amibroker to stay as cheap as they are.

I repeat it for you again.

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The yahoo forum is mainly used via your email client. It was wished by more users to have this solution than having a standard forum so it was a democratic decision and has been discussed many times on the yahoo list.

Most users want to user their email client and wanna archive the most important messages themselves. If my memory serves me right there was even a public vote on the yahoo list in regards staying at yahoo or using a forum type like this one here. But not sure anymore. Anyway so AB has left it as it is. You can't please everybody. Try it yourself in whatever category and you will fail.

And FYI for example MC's user forum contains around 48,000 messages since 2006. AB's yahoo forum contains around 90,000 messages since 2006 (of course it goes back even more years but to compare with MC forum I only included since 2006). So you can see that a standard forum interface doesn't guarantee more content.

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In regards to charting I tried NT and MC few years ago also and couldn't stand it. AB charts provided more flexibility (and speed of course) to me. Additionally use AB for chart trading (coded my own trading environment in AFL).

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More thoughts

I have now really dug into the application. The speed is amazing. In the space of about 1 week i was able to port over about 80% of my MC strats.

I was able to test all of them (culmination of years of work) on 6500 equities in about 15 minutes. The same test on the ND500 in MC takes about 2-3 minutes. That strat tested on 6500 equities in Amibroker takes about 15 seconds.

I continue to struggle with the application in general but i am getting better with it (and the code).

For those of you looking for a quick way to backtest ideas...i strongly recommend amibroker. the learning curve is steep but the time invested learning it will be paid back many many many times in the future as you can backtest ideas MUCH MUCH quicker than MC.

In many ways its like Sierra - powerful, inexpensive but not widely marketed.

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I have now really dug into the application. The speed is amazing. In the space of about 1 week i was able to port over about 80% of my MC strats.

I was able to test all of them (culmination of years of work) on 6500 equities in about 15 minutes. The same test on the ND500 in MC takes about 2-3 minutes. That strat tested on 6500 equities in Amibroker takes about 15 seconds.

Have you encountered any differences between the results ?
And if is there a explanation for that ?

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yes but its mostly user/coding error. In addition i have different data for amibroker (free end of day) vs. MC.



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Have you encountered any differences between the results ?
And if is there a explanation for that ?


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AmiBroker looks interesting to me. I've just purchased the professional package bundle, and will try and spend some time with it soon to see how it stacks up. My biggest interest is the portfolio level backtesting.

But my biggest concern is the handling of tick level data in backtests and optimizations, as it is extremely unclear as to whether or not this is really supported. I often test years of tick data per instrument at a time. I am not concerned about system resources, as my workstation has 32GB of ram. I am instead concerned about accuracy and simply whether or not it will work with that much data at once. I googled and read forums but was unable to find any hint of an answer, so thought I would give it a shot myself.

Mike

Mike, I find the resources of Amibroker very vage myself, good luck with your testing.

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Ref amibroker I was really interested in it but can you add strategies to a strategy window? Specifically I have about 38 systems in MC and I selected the ones I want to use and I get my backtest or live signals. But it is not clear to me how I can do this in amibroker without significant coding except if I am not that advanced with its use and I am missing some important functionality, which is possible.

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Ref amibroker I was really interested in it but can you add strategies to a strategy window? Specifically I have about 38 systems in MC and I selected the ones I want to use and I get my backtest or live signals. But it is not clear to me how I can do this in amibroker without significant coding except if I am not that advanced with its use and I am missing some important functionality, which is possible.

You can open multiple strategy (or Analysis tabs) for example.
Each analysis tab can process a different system/scan/exploration/optimization at the same time.
Also if you have opened an analysis tab and you have set your individual settings then you can save the analysis as a project file (File>Save as...) with your individual system/analysis name and next time you just open the project file and settings are the ones saved previously for that particular analysis.

Otherwise ask the AmiBroker support for more info if you are looking for different solution.

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I find the resources of Amibroker very vage myself

What do you mean? It's all explained in the help or on their website.

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