May 21st, 2014
Posted by pftq

Ripple Currency Data in Tech Trader

Ripple Labs' data API is now accessible as a data source in my Tech Trader platform for automated trading and backtesting, meaning you can now apply technical analysis and other chart-based trading strategies on Ripple and Bitcoin.  Many of the existing automated strategies I have for the stock market work directly on the new data with no change.  Previously the base platform only included Yahoo data sources for loading equities and indexes (though that didn't mean you couldn't load plugins for other data sources), but now the base platform also includes the Ripple data source by default for loading currencies, both fiat and cryptocurrencies.  

To load a chart on XRP, just enter XRP or XRP/USD in the symbol field.  For Bitcoin, use BTC or BTC/USD.  Follow the same format for any other currency pairs as well.

The Ripple code is also available as a separate open-source Ripple plugin for those curious or wanting to expand on the code.  I spent about a month figuring out the API docs from Ripple Labs before finally finding out the code examples were wrong and just used standard JSON code instead.

I'll be working on adding direct trading capability into the Ripple plugin as well, so that automated strategies (or the plain Manual Trade button) from Tech Trader will route trades directly your Ripple Wallet.

You can also see live charts generated and cached by Tech Trader at a simple website I created here:

Ripple (XRP) All-Time

Ripple (XRP) QTD May 2014

Bitcoin (BTC) All-Time

Bitcoin (BTC) QTD May 2014

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January 28th, 2014
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Animated MMC Homepage

Spent all weekend working on an animated version of film/graphic-oriented business card I made a few years back.  Been a long time since I last did any visual effects, but I'm pretty happy with it.  Can't wait to see this put to use... Step one to world domination.  Bahaha! Grin

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October 16th, 2013
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Was going to do a more ambitious song for Halloween, but alas I ran out of ideas and just twisted one of my happier songs into something evil instead.  

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September 15th, 2013
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Amazing Waters (Piano)

A very slow start to what should be one of my more interesting projects in a while.  Still just coming up with piano drafts for now to build a base from before making it more orchestral, but it seems like the piano alone holds up pretty well.  Sadly, my downed mood lately has somewhat found its way into what should have been very a cheerful song.  I guess it adds more dynamic at least.

I'm starting to worry about playing to time or matching a set tempo a lot less; it seems to sound better when I just play freely.  As usual, the main limitation is my left hand.  Any suggestions on chords, melodies, and other stuff welcome though.

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July 22nd, 2013
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QLearner - First Attempt at Practical AI

Although Tech Trader already somewhat has a simple AI built into it, it's still a side-feature that isn't given much room to grow.  I went ahead and took that script out of Tech Trader and built it into its own box called QLearner so it can do more besides just stocks.  It is also generalized to the point you can now just modify a plugin template to get it to solve any sort of problem/scenario.  Leave the problem open-ended and it can solve a perpetual/ongoing problem in real time.

Like the name suggests, QLearner primarily uses Q-Learning algorithms at the moment, which is on the simpler side of AI but can still solve a lot of things and be useful in a lot of situations.  The open-ended nature of the QLearner program though allows this to be expanded on in the future if the project takes off.  We'll see.

Maybe one day I can ask it what that numbing pain behind my left eye is...
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