# The Technical Analysis Challenge

## The game

You are shown 500 daily prices of an asset (an equity). The first series is:

To go with this, there is a choice of four series of 50 prices each. One of the choices is the actual subsequent 50 prices; the other three choices are randomly generated. Here are the choices for the first series:

The task is to name the extension that is the actual data. There are 100 series in all.

## The pictures

There are two ways you can look at the series. The first way is to have the in-sample and the extensions separate, as above:

The other way is to have the full 550 days together:

## The answers

You can check your answers with:

If you answer all 100 questions, then the picture shows the probabilities assuming pure guessing.

You need to answer at least 32 correct in order to have a p-value less than 5% for the test of being better than guessing.

You may not want to answer all the questions because some of the choices look very similar. The R command to get the p-value is:

1 - pbinom(number.correct, number.answered, p=.25)

For example if you answer 50 questions, then you need at least 18 correct to have the p-value less than 5%:

> 1 - pbinom(17, 50, p=.25) [1] 0.05512336

## History

This test was done without the answers being available. The challenge ran from 2003 September 6 to 2003 October 4. The working paper “The Technical Analysis Challenge” reports the results.

## Data

You can get the actual data from:

- in-sample data, comma separated with each series in a column
- extensions, comma separated with each extension in a row