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daily volume value, just before the close

Hi fellow Quantopians,
quick question regarding new Q2 platform.

Have an algo where I'm evaluating some stock parameters 5 minutes before the close and then making decision.

Problem that I'm facing is that, based on available documentation:
1) using history function like:
would give me volume for previous day, not info for that particular day (up until 5 mins before the close).

I was thinking that one solution would be to sum up all minute values from open until that moment and then use .mean().

Anyone knows how to it by some more elegant way?

2) if I want to evaluate average volume for last 3 days, INCLUDING volume for that particular day ((day-2)+(day-1)_(day-0 (but up to 5 mins BC)), what would be someone's simple solution?

thanks in advance

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Hi Saki,
Attached is some quick code to try and show how to do this. I use the pipeline dollar volume factor to get some high volume stocks. I then schedule my history_vol function to run once per day 5 minutes before the market close.

In my history_vol function, I call data.history(context.security_list,fields='volume',bar_count=3,frequency='1d') and log the results for the first security in the list.

What you see looks something like this,

2016-01-04 history_vol:53 INFO 

Equity(24 [AAPL])  
2015-12-30 00:00:00+00:00           20647576  
2015-12-31 00:00:00+00:00           34407332  
2016-01-04 00:00:00+00:00           46231809  

This is the full volume for 12/30/15 and 12/31/15 and the sum of all traded volume for 1/4/16 up to 5 minutes before the close.

Let me know if you have any questions.


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from quantopian.algorithm import attach_pipeline, pipeline_output
from quantopian.pipeline import Pipeline
from import USEquityPricing
from quantopian.pipeline.factors import AverageDollarVolume
def initialize(context):
    Called once at the start of the algorithm.
    # Record tracking variables at the end of each day.
    schedule_function(history_vol, date_rules.every_day(), time_rules.market_close(minutes=5))
    # Create our dynamic stock selector.
    attach_pipeline(my_pipeline(context), 'my_pipeline')
def my_pipeline(context):
    A function to create our dynamic stock selector (pipeline). Documentation on
    pipeline can be found here:
    pipe = Pipeline()
    # Create a dollar volume factor.
    dollar_volume = AverageDollarVolume(window_length=1)
    pipe.add(dollar_volume, 'dollar_volume')
    # Pick the top 1% of stocks ranked by dollar volume.
    high_dollar_volume = dollar_volume.percentile_between(99, 100)
    return pipe
def before_trading_start(context, data):
    Called every day before market open.
    context.output = pipeline_output('my_pipeline')
    # These are the securities that we are interested in trading each day.
    context.security_list = context.output.index
def history_vol(context, data):
    Assign weights to securities that we want to order.
    history_df = data.history(context.security_list,fields='volume',bar_count=3,frequency='1d')[0:3,1:2])

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Hi Karen,
thanks a lot for your feedback.

In this case, I used history and volume field, the way you suggested.

Could you please briefly describe meaning of :[0:3,1:2]) , especially ranges inside.

What is 1:2 or which of these values is related to volume up to 5 mins before the close?

Thanks a lot of your time

since I see from other posts that you are expert in Q topics, can pipeline somehow work on list of predefined stocks, instead of whole universe?
Meaning having a list of known securities, can you apply those pipeline factors and ranks?

thanks in advance

The log line[0:3,1:2]) was just trying to limit the logs to one security of data. adding .iloc to the dataframe produced by the call to history lets me limit the results.

I was able to get the volume for the entire day 5 minutes before the close because I scheduled the function history_vol to happen 5 minutes before the end of the day. The help documentation on daily history might be useful.

Pipeline does not work with a list of predefined stocks. It's main goal is for dynamically selecting groups of stocks.

Thanks a lot