Topic: Testing with MT4 and BOT
I would like to ask a few things. Here's some information that will lead to my questions..
I am certain that I want to perform backtests on generated EAs both on BOT and MT4. I am familiar with MT4 and have also Dukascopy tick data that I use. Those are not BO data but FX, however tests can be done on MT4 by using a 0.01 spread, which works okay. I created a random trial EA just to play around and mainly to compare the variance in %itm between MT4 and BOT on the same data, on the same EA. I did not complete the task though, here's why (with questions)..
1) I couldn't define a good range of data on BOT. I converted and uploaded Dukascopy data into .json format (at least I think it was the Dukascopy data that was converted) but I saw no difference. Tried to change maximum bar limit on the code but again, nothing. I even changed the symbol endings as I have no .bo files, and I changed this to UTC+2_00 which is the end of the string of the HST files. Now, I have no idea what's wrong and if anything is wrong but I can't figure out how to increase the data range on BOT. My coding skills aren't great either. My Dukascopy data are from 3/1/14 to today. So, where does the script gets its data from and how can I increase the range of data working on BOT simulator?
2) While running a test on MT4 I remembered that once I had an indicator that by the eye entered signals at the current candle, however due to lag the signal was fired on the next candle, meaning that in reality all results were wrong. What is the case with BOT, is lagging taken into consideration when one is looking at the %itm run on backtest data?
3) While optimising I saw a maximum of a 95% confidence and a varied (much lower) %itm compared to the non-optimised itm%. What is the purpose of the optimisation tool, meaning, should one only consider EAs that at least have a good %itm on a 95% confidence level? What are the optimum settings?I find the optimisation tool on FSB much more 'productive'.
4) I noticed that when performing a test on the MT4 none of its strategy tester fields presented information. I had to go into 'log' and find the specific EA results, then input it into xl etc. Considering the BOT provides no strategy test results that can be saved into a file, apart the trades results, there is a lot of information missing, i.e. max draw, graph, opt results etc. Additionally, the log file on MT4 provides only the entry point, no exit point, and the itm%. So, I can;t even see the pip difference between entry and exit points. Is there a way to modify the EA and give it the ability to present the relative information appearing in the MT4 strategy tester?
That's all for now. Thank you for reading. Looking forward for some answers!