       Re: time based moving average (and other newbie mathematica questions)

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• Subject: [mg92739] Re: time based moving average (and other newbie mathematica questions)
• From: Peter Pein <petsie at dordos.net>
• Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 04:30:43 -0400 (EDT)
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```My first solution was very slow for a larger dataset.
The best, I can get for now is the function "ima" below.
It has not got the fearure to select the index for which the time-average will
be built :-(

In:= data =
Sort[({#1, Sqrt[#1] + Sin[Pi*#1]} & ) /@ RandomReal[{0, 100},
{1000}]];

In:= IntervalMovingAverage[dat_List, width_, index_: 1] :=
If[index =!= 1, Sort, Identity][
Mean /@
Function[pos, Select[dat, pos[[index]] <= #1[[index]] <=
pos[[index]] + width & ]] /@ dat]

In:= ima[dat_, width_] := Mean /@ Block[{lst = dat, k},
Reap[While[Length[lst] > 0,
Sow[Take[lst, k = 1; While[k <= Length[lst] &&
lst[[k, 1]] - lst[[1, 1]] <= width, k++];
k - 1]];
lst = Rest[lst]]][[2, 1]]]

In:= (tst = (Timing[#1[data, 5]] & ) /@ {IntervalMovingAverage,
ima})[[All, 1]]

Out= {5.736359, 0.32802100000000056}

In:= SameQ[tst[[All, 2]]]

Out= True

Peter

falcon schrieb:
> Hi,
> I see that Mathematica provides a couple of moving average functions.
> As far as I can tell, they are based on the number of elements in an
> array.  Is there a function for doing moving average based on time?
> In other words, if I pass in intra-day data containing prices, times
> (up to a millisecond) and some other fields, can I get Mathematica to
> to give me a 5 minute moving average rather than moving average of the
> last 100 trades?  Obviously this five minute window may contain any
> number of elements.
>
> Secondly, along the same idea, I have a file with a large number of
> stocks.  They are all mixed in (the file is in chronological order).
> Is there an sql type 'group by' command that lets me see moving
> averages for each stock?
>
> Third, if I'm able to get moving average for each stock in the list,
> can I plot all of them in one command (I guess this technique is
> called "small multiples" in charting vernacular). Obviously I will
> only have 20 or 30 stocks.
>
> Thanks
>

```

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