We're happy to share a new feature with you - set_universe.
set_universe is important because it helps you remove yet another potential source of bias from your algorithm. Up until now, Quantopian has only supported testing up to ten, hand-picked securities. The risk is that your ten stocks might not be a valid sample, and you can learn the wrong lesson from your testing. With set_universe, you can eliminate the bias of your stock picks and replace them with a cross-section of stocks based on their ranked dollarvolume. Quantopian already helps you avoid risks like survivorship bias and look-ahead bias. Now we're helping your remove stock picking bias, too.
There is a much longer description in our help documentation, but here is a short version to get you started. And of course, you can clone the sample algorithm below.
The paint is still wet on this feature; as you find bugs, missing documentation, or more general suggestions, please let us know. You can either reply to this thread or drop us a note at [email protected]. As we've done our internal testing we've found this feature is particularly good at finding problems with our data source. We found several missing dividends and a few other odds and ends, and I expect there are still a few more waiting to be found. Please let us know.