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Improving trend reversal estimation in Forex markets under a directional changes paradigm with classification algorithms

Adegboye, Adesola and Kampouridis, Michail and Otero, Fernando (2021) 'Improving trend reversal estimation in Forex markets under a directional changes paradigm with classification algorithms.' International Journal of Intelligent Systems. ISSN 0884-8173 (In Press)

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Abstract

The majority of forecasting methods use a physical time scale for studying price fluctuations of financial markets. Using physical time scales can make companies oblivious to significant activities in the market as the flow of time is discontinuous, which could translate to missed profitable opportunities or risk exposure. Directional Changes (DC) has gained attention in the recent years by translating physical time series to event-based series. Under this framework, trend reversals can be predicted by using the length of events. Having this knowledge allows traders to take an action before such reversals happen and thus increase their profitability. In this paper, we investigate how classification algorithms can be incorporated in the process of predicting trend reversals to create DC-based trading strategies. The effect of the proposed trend reversal estimation is measured on 20 foreign exchange markets over a 10-month period in a total of 1,000 datasets. We compare our results across 16 algorithms, both DC and non-DC based, such as technical analysis and buy-and-hold. Our findings show that the introduction of classification leads to return higher profit and statistically outperform all other trading strategies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Directional changes, Classification model, Genetic programming, Forex data
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2021 16:33
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2021 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30788

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