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Request for CVXPY in Quantopian

Can we have this module please? It makes optimization so much easier.

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Noted! Thanks for the module request, we'll add CVXPY to the request list :)


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Thanks Alisa. Do you have an ETA? I want to try something that requires cvxpy and cannot be done (extremely difficult) with cvxopt.

Hello Pravin (correct shortening?),

I have an application for CVXOPT, but it sounds like CVXPY is better. Is it a matter of ease of use, or are there optimizations that just can't be done in CVXOPT, that CVXPY will handle?

I'd like to try the so-called OLMAR algorithm with CVXOPT / CVXPY. The core of the algorithm is the optimization problem set up in Section 4.2 of this paper:

It minimizes the squared Euclidean distance between a new portfolio allocation and the present one, subject to the inequality constraint that the projected overall return of the portfolio be greater than or equal to a fixed limit. I gather that CVXOPT / CVXPY would be ideally suited, correct?


Hi Grant,

You got my name correct. It is a matter of use because anything with CVXPY can be done with CVXOPT but requires reformulation and gets very complex. CVXPY makes it so much easier. If you cannot wait, here is problem similar to OLMAR optimization using CVXOPT. The objective function is in similar form.

Thanks Pravin,

That's what I thought, regarding CVXPY. Thanks for the example.


Pravin, your request is in the queue, though it's not on our immediate radar. Currently we're focused on:

That being said, when the module is available in the IDE, I'll post back here!

Hi Alisa,

I'm no expert, but I suspect that the class of optimization problems solvable by CVXPY are directly applicable to problems encountered in the domain of building stat-arb strategies. If the objective function can be formulated as quadratic and compatible with the optimizer, then equality and inequality constraints can be applied to optimize returns of a trading basket, for example (I know it applies to long-only strategies, but should generalize to hedged ones). I see that Pravin has also been applying it to screening of securities that mean revert.

Might be worth a head-scratch...


Thanks Grant. What I am trying to solve is this code from matlab:

cvx_begin quiet  
     variable X(n,n) symmetric  
     variable t(p)  

     minimize sum_square(t)  
     subject to  
        for i=1:p  

I have no clue how to convert this into a format that CVXOPT understands. I can do it with CVXPY easily.

That doesn't look like standard MATLAB code. Did you leave out some % signs to indicate comments?


That's syntax of CVX package. Check out


Technically, given time, I could copy the entire source of CVXPY into my algorithm but unfortunately it uses inheritance everywhere and Q does not like it.

Hi all, and sorry for the zombie thread revival. I'm one of the authors of [ECOS][1], one of the mixed integer convex solvers used by cvxpy. I'd be happy to contribute time to make ECOS Quantopian compatible if the underlying solvers are the issues for CVXPY integration.

Any luck with this module. Its been more than a year.

Hi Pravin,

Just you have a problem that can't be solved with scipy.optimize? It has bounds, equality and inequality constraints? Other bells and whistles. What's missing? Or is it just not efficient enough? Or doesn't converge properly?


Hi Quantopian,

Can we please please have CVXPY integrated?


What is the timeframe for integrating CVXPY? It would make my life much easier.