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Differential Evolution (DEoptim) for Non-Convex Portfolio Optimization

Ardia, David and Boudt, Kris and Carl, Peter and Mullen, Katharine M. and Peterson, Brian (2010): Differential Evolution (DEoptim) for Non-Convex Portfolio Optimization.

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The R package DEoptim implements the differential evolution algorithm. This algorithm is an evolutionary technique similar to genetic algorithms that is useful for the solution of global optimization problems. In this note we provide an introduction to the package and demonstrate its utility for financial applications by solving a non-convex portfolio optimization problem.

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