We get a lot of requests to see more information about the winners and their performance. I'm happy to report that we made a lot more information available today. If you check out the Quantopian Open FAQ, you can now find three different CSV downloads. The first download has the daily returns of the contest entries' 2-year backtests. The second download has the daily returns of the paper trading competition period. The third download is the daily returns of the real-money trading portion.
They are in a form that you can evaluate them with pyfolio, if you choose. You can look at them separately, or stitch them together and compare the in-sample performance (backtest) to the out-of-sample performance (paper and real-money trading). That analysis might turn out to be very interesting, and I hope the community comes up with insights that we haven't. We certainly have gotten insights from community analysis of the leaderboard, and look forward to more in the future.
We've also retired the old "winners" page. That page wasn't doing its job at converting new Quantopian visitors into community members and contestants. Instead, we have revised the Quantopian Open's homepage. The revised page more prominently displays the payments that we are making to algorithm writers. We're expecting by putting the contest benefits more clearly front-and-center that we can get more visitors (and existing community members) interested in competing in the Quantopian Open.
While the contest and the fund are different, they both result in checks being written to algorithm writers. The focus on the profits being earned by algorithm writers works for both the contest and the hedge fund.