Matrix Optimization

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What is Matrix Optimization?

Matrix Optimization is used to determine the most optimal parameters for Regular Re-optimization: how often and in what IS/OOS proportion it will be used.

The Matrix Optimization feature also includes the system of Strategy Robustness estimation. The estimation is carried out according to the user specified criteria. You don’t have to repeat Optimization to receive new results – just change the criteria.

Running Matrix Optimization

Optimization is accessible through the Strategy Properties window, Chart Analysis Toolbar, and View menu as in previous MultiCharts versions:


Use one of the above-mentioned ways to call the Optimization wizard and select the last item in the appeared window:


First you need to specify the Optimization parameters:

  • input values;
  • algorithm (exhaustive or genetic);
  • target function to be optimized.

In this step the settings are the same as for regular optimization:


Then it is required to set up Matrix Optimization parameters:

  • number of runs;
  • proportion of IS/OOS intervals.

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In the next step the Strategy Robustness parameters should be configured:


Please refer to Strategy Robustness article for more details.

The results of Matrix Optimization can be viewed in the Matrix Optimization Report. It looks like the Walk-Forward Optimization Report, but there is an expandable element at the top which helps to navigate between different cells of the report:


Maximized view of the Matrix Optimization Report:


In the minimized mode the title shows which matrix element is selected:


Access to the Optimization results

Regular optimization may take quite a lot of time. Matrix Optimization is even a more time-consuming process, so we made sure that Optimization results are accessible for you at any time. In MultiCharts 12 Optimization and each of the reports can be accessed from Toolbar and from the View menu (if a chart window with applied signals is active):


  1. Optimization wizard start button;
  2. Button/menu item to view Strategy Performance Report;
  3. Button/menu item to view Strategy Optimization Report;
  4. Button/menu item to view Walk-Forward Optimization Report;
  5. Button/menu item to view Matrix Optimization Report;
  6. Button/menu item to view Trading Performance Report.

Moreover, each report can be saved as a separate file (saving is enabled by default). The file can be added to a zipped archive, sent by e-mail, etc. In order to view such file, it’s enough to have a utility installed, no authorization required.