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Genetic Algorithm Optimisation for Finance and Investments

Pereira, Robert (2000): Genetic Algorithm Optimisation for Finance and Investments.

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Abstract

This paper provides an introduction to the use of genetic algorithms for financial optimisation. The aim is to give the reader a basic understanding of the computational aspects of these algorithms and how they can be applied to decision making in finance and investment. Genetic algorithms are especially suitable for complex problems characterised by large solution spaces, multiple optima, nondifferentiability of the objective function, and other irregular features. The mechanics of constructing and using a genetic algorithm for optimisation are illustrated through a simple example.

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