[Numpy-discussion] Is there a function to calculate ecnomic beta coefficient in numpy given two time series data.

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Thu Jun 19 18:08:22 CDT 2008


On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 17:48, Vineet Jain (gmail) <vinjvinj@gmail.com> wrote:
> I took the following code and applied it to aapl and qqqq time series (see
> attached file):
>
> import numpy as np
> lstsq = np.linalg.lstsq
> from numpy import float64, extract
>
> aapl_array = np.array([row[0] for row in stock_and_market_values])
> qqqq_array = np.array([row[1] for row in stock_and_market_values])
>
> A = np.ones((len(qqqq_array), 2), dtype=float64)
> A[:,0] = aapl_array
> result = lstsq(A, qqqq_array)
> print result
>
> The result is:
>
> (array([  0.13851625,  29.57888955]), array([ 144.23291488]), 2, array([
> 639.591
> 08529,    0.94451427]))
>
> And the beta comes out to be 0.138 which is a low. It should be closer to 2.
> Any idea on what I'm doing wrong.

Beta is supposed to be calculated on returns, not prices.

aapl_ret = np.log(aapl_array[1:] / aapl_array[:-1])
qqqq_ret = np.log(qqqq_array[1:] / qqqq_array[:-1])

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Robert Kern

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