One idea that I use is to start to build the strategy I want by adding a couple indicators and setting whether to use stops and take profit and break even..
I check the chart to see if there will be entries in suitable places.
Let the thing run for an hour and examine the number of consecutive losses and win loss ratio, and then set the the minimums
Then add, perhaps volume. and see what occurs after the generator runs for a while....
and then I test whether 'long or short only' will help....
next is 'entry time'
The reason I do these is to evaluate whether I can make a strategy with those indicators.
If there seems to be a possiblity that I have a strategy that will be workable..... I start to examine all of the statistics and then 'tighten up the 'acceptance criteria' in the control panel.
So........ much of my time in building a strategy is spent examining the chart and manually developing a strategy, the generator is a supplement most of the time.
For example..... today I am building a strategy to work with breakouts, I put a couple momentum indicators on the chart, let the generator run for a while, had a look at the chart and decided to try with volume..... a few minutes on the generator and back to the chart, to see if the results were going to be appropriate.
Then a moving average to see what that would do.....
I still have a lot of work to do on this strategy.......... the one thing I know already is...... hours on the genrator is not going to give me what I want, I have to structure my approach in a better way as I know where I want the entries to be.
As Yavor says..... using the generator for a gazillion hours will lead to curve fitting and be ineffective.
Time is best spent on the chart to build the strategy and the generator and optimizer used for some fine tuning.
I have used the generator to find strategies...... ran it for days and days.... not a lot of luck; we have to control the thing and develop strategies with the chart and then perhaps allow the generator to add options that may improve performance.
This is just an opinion........ take from it what you might want.
Nuno , if he will, has a lot to add about developing a strategy and using the generator.
My 'secret' goal is to push EA Studio until I can net 3000 pips per day....