FinTime  frequently asked questions
Kaippallimalil J. Jacob
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., New York
(kjacob@acm.org)
Dennis Shasha
Prof, Computer Science Dept
Department of Computer Science
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University
Dennis Shasha's home page
(shasha@cs.nyu.edu)
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Questions and Answers

What is
the size of the different datatypes?
 Date
 Float
 Long
 Integer
 Varchar (256) (what is this?)
 Time ... what is the resolution (seconds, miliseconds)
Answer:
Date  long enough to represent a fully specified date: (mmddyyyy)
Float  8 bytes (same as double precision)
long  same as integer
integer  4 bytes ((2^31)1 to 2^31)
varchar(256)  variables sized character array with maximum size=256
time  minimum required granularity is millisecs

In the first part you have 9 different benchmarks.
In your operational parameters your are talking about 5 users, who
should pick at random one ... what happens to the other 4 queries?
Answer:
All users do all queries
but the order
in which they select the queries is based on a random permutation
of the queries.

In the first part only for a few of the 9 queries the output and sorting is
specified.
What should I do with the other ones?
Answer:
Where unspecified the results can be output in any order.
 What about updates?
Answer:
Updates Between Queries (new, June 6, 1999):
After each query, 200 rows from the
Trades/Quotes table are chosen randomly and uniformly and each price
field is changed to a value chosen randomly and uniformly between
0 and twice its current price.

For the pairwise coefficients of correlation, the calculations take vectors,
which I take to be arrays of prices. Logistically, does this mean that if I
have a table of securities and associated vectors of prices over a 2 year
period, I would get the coefficient for neighboring Securities and report the
value and the 2 sececurities? So for 10 stocks, I would return 5 rows
consisting of the c.c. for 2 stocks?
Answer :
No, you'd return coefficients for all possible pairs of stocks
That is (10 choose 2) = 10 * 9 pairs.

For the Russell & S&P index calculations, is the average weighted by volume,
or can I simply take to average of the closing prices?
Answer :
Yes, it is weighted by volume.

I don't see a way to do the first query all in one, is it intended to be 3
seperate tables, on for each of the weekly, monthly and yealy aggregates?
Answer :
Three tables are fine.
Last updated December, 1999