SHIVA Version 1.0 by Technical Analysis, Inc.
SHIVA is a trading system development program that tests single commodities or
entire portfolios of tradables, allowing the user to adjust parameters, apply
filters, reverse signals and diversify.
Suppose you had a good volatility breakout system and wanted to test it on a gazillion different parameters.
Suppose you wanted to try it on tick as well as daily data for most of the futures contracts in the world - including
actual data with rollovers. Suppose you wanted to be able to test portfolios of tradables as well as single
commodities. The number of combinations you have in mind gets into eight figures for a single run. Your trusty
programmer has created an artificial intelligence routine to search for the best combinations rather than actually
perform every single test exhaustively, and he's also gotten the whole testing process running in 32-bit mode on
your 486 PC to make the runs last minutes rather than weeks.
Well, advisor and software developer FCM has put together a trading system development package capable of all
this. After using it for some time in-house, the company decided to take it on the road as a program called SHIVA.
For those who enjoyed the volatility breakout systems that were popular three or four years ago, SHIVA is the
ultimate numbers masher.