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"Fortunate are those who take the first steps.” ― Paulo Coelho

My First Coursera Certification- Computational Investing, Part I (Signature Track) experience

Wow, what a news to start my Monday morning – Yes, I’m thrilled to see and recieve my first ever -MOOC certification, so happy to share here in my blog ( b.t.w completed 9 years of tech blogging J.
I would like to write about my little experience with Coursera (MOOC) program by Georgia Ins- of Technology so readers can make use of it. Watch out, there is a part II also going to start which is of Machine learning I believe. I’m excited and waiting for it.
My Course review:
Honestly I was not so serious when I enrolled for this course, but once after the first week sign up and enrolled with signature track(49$) I became more punctual, serious and started learning python and doing assignment following strict timeline. Python on initial take was not easy, but you would enjoy after a week with assignments.. I bet this is going to be hair pulling if you don’t know python..

Course name:  “Computational Investing, Part I”
Prof Name: Prof Tucker Balch
Programming Lang : Python ,QuantSoftware ToolKit, libs like Numpy, Matplotlib & Pandas
Duration : 8 weeks, Time commitment: 8-12 hours/week
Fee: 49$, should have webcam and submit all assignments over the webcam presence with typing analsis program to avoid copying etc..
Certification validity : Life time think so..
My personal rating : 4.5/5,
Do I recommend: Yes, very much. I was about to sign up for other management course for whopping 7.5 Lakh ( ePGP ) but this is far better than that in short span of time to learn financial fundamentals and deep analysis in a clear way. I thank Dr. Balch for his trading related expertise.
What I learned :
1) Python programming with various supporting lib’s.
2) Domain : Developing trading strategies, event profiling, portfolio optimization, and simulation of trading strategies to analyze portfolio performance and risks etc in a very clear way and in a short period of time. Various aspects of investing like – Company valuation, the Capital Assets Pricing Model (CAPM), Efficient Markets Hypothesis, the role of information in pricing, historical data and its manipulation, portfolio performance assessment and optimization.


Online course record : https://www.coursera.org/records/jNWWBnZgA7Uq4hfd
My certificate of credit at : https://www.coursera.org/signature/certificate/EERDVVM4WS

Mahesh Kumar R
GRADE 100.0%
November 15th 2013
Student has earned a certificate with distinction.
Instructors: Dr. Tucker Balch,
Duration of course: 8 weeks

Some of my course content for reference:
Course Wiki: http://wiki.quantsoftware.org/index.php?title=Computational_Investing_I
Assignment Tooks: http://wiki.quantsoftware.org/index.php?title=QuantSoftware_ToolKit
Resources: http://wiki.quantsoftware.org/index.php?title=Resources
Misc URL’s.

Looking for the part -2 Computational Investing – Machine Learning/Algorithmic Trading by coming fall 2014 which is going to be challenging and interesting think so.. 

2013-11-18 Posted by | Certification | 4 Comments

Robocopy download and command help

I cannot stop myself recommending ‘Robocopy’ for copying big files and folders across network. It simply does it job neatly and FASTER.

Download –http://sdrv.ms/18nZQ7f  & Robocopy commands –http://ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html

Handy one c:>  robocopy.exe “Z:\Comp Ver 4.11” “D:\ThirdParty_Build” “my_big_file.*”   – this to copy zip file.

2013-11-12 Posted by | .NET General | Leave a comment

WPF Application Quality Guide

“WPF Application Quality Guide” – our single-stop document for WPF application and component developers and testers.


2013-11-03 Posted by | WPF | Leave a comment

How to find missing dll in .NET? Fuslogvw.exe

Let say our app is ready for deployment for the first time or recompiled. And we want to double check whether all the dependencies were copied properly with right versioned assemblies referenced. Then here is the tool which would help you to avoid running into problem like ‘Could not load file or assembly’..

Here is the tool which gives you a list of bind failures in a log.

How to launch:   http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/e74a18c4
More tweaking : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/255669/how-to-enable-assembly-bind-failure-logging-fusion-in-net

   Note: Make sure you run this tool with admin privilege and also refresh to see them loading.

Save the below keys as .REG and double click to set it.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Note: Don’t forget to disable after enabling it.

2013-11-03 Posted by | .NET General | Leave a comment


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