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official API Doc code, doesn't run in Algorithms

I am a newbie here. Trying to learn and deploy my investment through Quantopian. I started with some youtube tutorial videos, and now working through the API docs.
In the section of pipeline, I tried to run the sample code in the Algorithms. I just copy and paste the attached 'official' code, but the system returned with the Error message: --- Error InvalidSidCount: 0019 Algorithm must reference 1-500 SIDs. Found 0

So what happened to the code? is it an official documented code? What shall I do?

Thanks in advance for your help, Allan

from quantopian.algorithm import attach_pipeline, pipeline_output
from quantopian.pipeline import Pipeline
from import USEquityPricing
from quantopian.pipeline.factors import SimpleMovingAverage

def initialize(context):

# Create and attach an empty Pipeline.  
pipe = Pipeline()  
pipe = attach_pipeline(pipe, name='my_pipeline')

# Construct Factors.  
sma_10 = SimpleMovingAverage(inputs=[USEquityPricing.close], window_length=10)  
sma_30 = SimpleMovingAverage(inputs=[USEquityPricing.close], window_length=30)

# Construct a Filter.  
prices_under_5 = (sma_10 < 5)

# Register outputs.  
pipe.add(sma_10, 'sma_10')  
pipe.add(sma_30, 'sma_30')

# Remove unwanted rows from output.  

def before_trading_start(context, data):
# Access results using the name passed to attach_pipeline.
results = pipeline_output('my_pipeline')
print results.head(5)

1 response

Hi Allan,

This is an issue with the example in the docs. We have static analysis checks asserting that you call one of sid, symbol, or update_universe somewhere in your code. We didn't add any of those calls in the first example, because we just wanted to show the simplest possible example of how to get a pipeline running, but the fact that the first example can't be run at all is a bug.

I'm working on a couple tweaks to the docs that should be out by the end of the day. In the meantime, there are working examples at the bottom of the API Docs.

Sorry about the broken example.


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