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Amibroker is complicated: Help!

Discussion in 'Software and Data' started by lockscombi, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. lockscombi

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    So I have bought Amibroker Pro (Latest version 6.10)
    Paid for the Norgate Premium ASX daily charts PLUS 1 time ASX historical chart.
    Intalled EVERYTHING correctly including the amibroker script so it can integrate norgate.
    Done everything required to install the data (followed norgates step by step instructions)

    Try to open up CBA data in Amibroker and get the dreaded...

    Not enough data availiable
    To plot any chart at least 3 data bars are needed.

    F*^& me sideways this program is needlessly complicated. What the hell is going wrong here

    Your assistance is necessary and appreciated

    Cheers,
    lockscombi
     
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  3. lockscombi

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    Re: Jesus F*&*%$%^* Wheely Bin *%*#*$% Christ AMIBROKER IS COMPLICATED HELP!

    Hey Mate!

    I ended up reinstalling everything and now everything is working! I must of screwed something up haha. Im new to trading and realize this program is pretty epic so i need some learning

    Do you know any good tutorials out there i can watch? Preferably paid tutorials? That would get my upto speed :)

    Thanks
     
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    Re: Jesus F*&*%$%^* Wheely Bin *%*#*$% Christ AMIBROKER IS COMPLICATED HELP!

    Hey, have a look at http://www.asxmarketwatch.com/ some good training videos here which will get you going
     
  5. howardbandy

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    Howard's book "Introduction to Amibroker" is a great book for people new to the system. It covers a board range of topics and you should be fairly comfortable with the system by the end.
    Asx market watch is a great resource to go onto next if you want to go into the AFL code side of things.
     
  7. lockscombi

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    As usual I am truly humbled by the compassionate help I receive..
    Howard, if I become a Amibroker ninja within the next month or 2 I'll send you a meat tray along with that cheque

    :)
     
  8. lockscombi

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    So I had a crack with the tutorials earlier suggested at marketwatch and still felt a little like this...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLvfnI7cbME

    I am a musician by trade and have absolutely no experience with trading whatsoever and can barely understand any of the language... Is there a Amibroker tutorial series for dummies like me perhaps... I mean I had no idea what a backtest was until this tutorial and I dread coding on a program :s perhaps one day I can
     
  9. RowanC

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    Hi locscombi

    What is it that you need Amibroker to do?

    Its main strength is for backtesting. Outside of that it is simply is a charting platform in many ways.
     
  10. Gringotts Bank

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    You're going to find this a long and tedious process, I'm sorry. AB is not set up as a plug and play charting software. Coding takes time to learn, but you can circumvent that by buying someone else's work (eg. Radge). If the set up has you frazzled, just wait! Maybe even consider a different option for your charts? What are you wanting to do exatly?
     
  11. lockscombi

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    Thanks lads. Yeah it will be a slow and painful process I think. I have downloaded a book that was suggested earlier that is much more understandable!

    Cheers
     
  12. howardbandy

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    Greetings --

    I do not enjoy being the bearer of bad news. But --- expectations may need some adjustment.

    Developing trading systems that have a reasonable probability of earning profits exceeding risk free rates while holding risk to a reasonable tolerance is Very hard. To be "Rich by Wednesday" is an unreasonable expectation.

    As a developer and trader, skills in three areas are required:
    1. Domain knowledge. The issue being modeled and traded, the brokerage business, trading system development.
    2. Programming expertise. Be fluent in the language the trading system will be written in. Know programming, data structures, debugging, etc. AmiBroker is the best of the traditional platforms. The industry is rapidly moving from traditional development platforms to machine learning. Learn about machine learning. Learn Python.
    3. Mathematics. Modeling and simulation. Be competent to design and analyze statistical reports describing the results of the system. Trading systems are essentially sets of simultaneous equations. Know math through calculus and linear algebra.

    I have a new book coming out in about one month -- "Foundations of Trading." It is short -- 150 pages or so -- and inexpensive -- US$16. In it I gather the fundamental material from my 50 years of experience in this field, my five previous books, multiple presentations, and many conversations and communications.

    It outlines what a trading system developer needs to know about development, how to apply the scientific method to trading development and trading, how to compute the risk of any data series (even before a trading model has been applied), how to compute the risk of a trading system, how to compute the profit potential of a trading system, what might work, what cannot possibly work (even though much of trading world preaches that it is The way), how to evaluate any system using a universal objective function, how to deal with risk, how to tell when a system is not working, how to properly use position sizing, etc. In summary, there is very little that works, it is very hard to find what does work, and constant attention is needed to keep it working.

    When it is available through Amazon, I will announce it on ASF. Read it.

    In the mean time, read the book I recommend to everyone who is considering trading. To everyone, actually, trading or just getting along in the world. Daniel Kahneman, "Thinking, Fast and Slow." Dr. Kahneman is a Nobel winning economist. His book describes several economic concepts, but the most important parts are his explanations of how we fool ourselves.

    https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555/

    To succeed in trading, you must be able to compete with the best traders in the world on every trade you make, right from the start. There are no satellite tournaments, no mulligans, no handicaps. Every trader is competing with David Shaw, James Simons, and Goldman Sachs on every trade they make.

    Plan on investing the entire 10,000 hours thought to be the requirement to achieve expertise in any field. (Malcolm Gladwell, "Outliers") Your competition already has.

    Best regards,
    Howard
     
  13. Gringotts Bank

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    ^^ this
     
  14. lockscombi

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    Wow thank you. Will buy!!!
     
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