From an Aerospace Engineer to Freelance Algorithmic Trader | Juan Marquez

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Juan is not just an Aerospace Engineer but also a Freelance Algorithmic Trader. He was not new to this domain of Algorithmic trading but was unaware of the scope and exposure a powerful tool like Machine Learning can give him for trading. This led him to a search for free resources available to learn about Machine Learning and its strategies, and Backtesting.

He shares his journey with us.

Hello! My name is Juan Marquez, and I am from California, United States. I am an Aerospace Engineer by qualification but have worked as a freelance developer of trading strategies for the last five years.

Before Quantra, I worked in RUST and made algorithmic trading strategies that did not use Machine Learning (ML). I came to Quantra because I wanted to move my trading work and analysis to Python and incorporate Machine Learning. Quantra had what I needed, which was ML and Trading together.

I precisely wanted to tie together ML model validation results and strategy backtesting. My experience of learning Machine Learning with Python on Quantra was outstanding. My main objective was to translate ML models into trading systems, and we did exactly that. I can take the knowledge and build upon it.

Before doing the paid courses, I did the free Introduction to Machine Learning for Trading” course and was happy with the material. The free course proved to me that there was a lot of good material coming from Quantra.

Before Quantra, I tested many regressors, scalers, and dimensionality reducers for trading. I evaluated performance based on ML metrics like MSE and MAE, which do not necessarily translate to successful trading systems.

After the first Quantra course I completed, I was able to update my code and implement an out-of-sample backtest, which now feels more like a trading system than a machine learning model.

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experiences, Juan. We’re happy to have been there, providing you with the apt learning resources that have been able to guide your learning. We wish you the best for your future.

Quantra is home to multiple Machine Learning courses that delve deep into leveraging different ML techniques in your trading. These courses are designed to start you off with the fundamentals and guide you through the advanced Machine Learning techniques in a structured manner. Enroll now!

Disclaimer: In order to assist individuals who are considering pursuing a career in algorithmic and quantitative trading, this success story has been collated based on the personal experiences of a student from Quantra. Success stories are for illustrative purposes only and are not meant to be used for investment purposes. The results achieved post completion of the Quantra course(s) may not be uniform for all individuals.

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