I'm a fairly inexperienced trader, but I've just finished Ernest Chan's Quantitative Trading: How to Build Your Own Algorithmic Trading Business. Being that mean-reversion is one of the primary tools for use in statistical arbitrage, I'd like to build a basis from which i can conduct my own research using logic and financial news outlets. My question(s) is/are, what's a good way to implement a mean-reversion strategy, where beta is close to 0 (i believe beta is basically safety from market volatility? correct me if I'm wrong please) and maximizing alpha (risk-adjusted return based on an index, or the jensen alpha?). I've read posts and lectures on choosing across multiple sectors and weighing choices as to reduce beta, is this correct? Does this include going beyond just equities (picking some bonds, real estate, etc)?
I guess the biggest question is: would there be a video or guide on how to do all of this, or is this type of strategy a natural combination of learning these pieces separately and morphing them together?