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A hybrid approach based on neural networks and genetic algorithms to the study of profitability in the Spanish Stock Market

  • Mariano Matilla-Garcia
  • Carlos Arguello

This paper studies predictability and profitability of using neural networks (NN) in the Spanish security market. This is carried out through a hybrid approximation which entails evolving a genetic algorithm in order to obtain an optimal NN's architecture. To that end, (NNs) forecasts are transformed into a simple trading strategy, whose profitability is evaluated against a simple buy-and-hold strategy.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 12 (2005)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 303-308

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:12:y:2005:i:5:p:303-308
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