Neural Computing and Applications

, Volume 31, Supplement 2, pp 1053–1074 | Cite as

Efficient financial time series prediction with evolutionary virtual data position exploration

  • Sarat Chandra NayakEmail author
  • Bijan Bihari Misra
  • Himansu Sekhar Behera
Original Article


Prediction of stock index remains a challenging task of the financial time series prediction process. Random fluctuations in the stock index make it difficult to predict. Usually the time series prediction is based on the observations of past trend over a period of time. In general, the curve the time series data follows has a linear part and a non-linear part. Prediction of the linear part with past history is not a difficult task, but the prediction of non linear segments is difficult. Though different non-linear prediction models are in use, but their prediction accuracy does not improve beyond a certain level. It is observed that close enough data positions are more informative where as far away data positions mislead prediction of such non linear segments. Apart from the existing data positions, exploration of few more close enough data positions enhance the prediction accuracy of the non-linear segments significantly. In this study, an evolutionary virtual data position (EVDP) exploration method for financial time series is proposed. It uses multilayer perceptron and genetic algorithm to build this model. Performance of the proposed model is compared with three deterministic methods such as linear, Lagrange and Taylor interpolation as well as two stochastic methods such as Uniform and Gaussian method. Ten different stock indices from across the globe are used for this experiment and it is observed that in majority of the cases performance of the proposed EVDP exploration method is better. Some stylized facts exhibited by the financial time series are also documented.


Virtual data position Financial time series Evolutionary computing Multilayer perceptron Deterministic interpolation Stochastic interpolation Genetic algorithm Stylized facts 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarat Chandra Nayak
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bijan Bihari Misra
    • 2
  • Himansu Sekhar Behera
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringKommuri Pratap Reddy Institute of TechnologyHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of Information TechnologySilicon Institute of TechnologyBhubaneswarIndia
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science Engineering and Information TechnologyVeer Surendra Sai University of TechnologyBurlaIndia

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