Comparing the effectiveness of deep feedforward neural networks and shallow architectures for predicting stock price indices

Larry Olanrewaju Orimoloye, Ming-Chien Sung, Tiejun Ma, Johnnie E. V Johnson

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Many existing learning algorithms suffer from limited architectural depth and the locality of estimators, making it difficult to generalize from the test set and providing inefficient and biased estimators. Deep architectures have been shown to appropriately learn correlation structures in time series data. This paper compares the effectiveness of a deep feedforward Neural Network (DNN) and shallow architectures (e.g., Support Vector Machine (SVM) and one-layer NN) when predicting a broad cross-section of stock price indices in both developed and emerging markets. An extensive evaluation is undertaken, using daily, hourly, minute and tick level data related to thirty-four financial indices from 32 countries across six years. Our evaluation results show a considerable advantage from training deep (cf. shallow) architectures, using a rectifier linear (RELU) activation function, across all thirty-four markets when ‘minute’ data is used. However, the predictive performance of DNN was not significantly better than that of shallower architectures when using tick level data. This result suggests that when training a DNN algorithm, the predictive accuracy peaks, regardless of training size. We also examine which activation function works best for stock price index data. Our results demonstrate that the RELU activation function performs better than TANH across all markets and time horizons when using DNN to predict stock price indices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number112828
Number of pages44
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Early online date23 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Financial time series forecasting
  • Financial time series forecasting Deep fee Market efficiency
  • Machine learning


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