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This vignette1 explains how to prepare or simulate data in {fHMM} for estimation.

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Empirical data

Empirical data must be provided as a comma-separated values (CSV) file and its path must be specified in set_controls(), see the vignette on specifying the controls for details.2 The {fHMM} package comes with two datasets of the Deutscher Aktienindex and the VW stock for demonstration purpose that can be accessed as follows:

system.file("extdata", "dax.csv", package = "fHMM")
#> [1] "/Users/runner/work/_temp/Library/fHMM/extdata/dax.csv"
system.file("extdata", "vw.csv", package = "fHMM")
#> [1] "/Users/runner/work/_temp/Library/fHMM/extdata/vw.csv"

The prepare_data() function prepares the data based on the data controls specifications and returns an fHMM_data object that can be passed to the fit_model() function for model fitting.

controls <- list(
  states = 3,
  sdds   = "t",
  data   = list(file        = system.file("extdata", "dax.csv", package = "fHMM"),
                date_column = "Date",
                data_column = "Close",
                logreturns  = TRUE)
controls <- set_controls(controls)
data <- prepare_data(controls)
#> Summary of fHMM empirical data
#> * number of observations: 8778 
#> * data source: dax.csv 
#> * date column: Date 
#> * log returns: TRUE

Download stock data

Daily stock prices listed on can be downloaded directly via

download_data(symbol, from, to, file)


  • symbol is the stock’s symbol that has to match the official symbol on,3

  • from and to define the time interval (in format "YYYY-MM-DD"),

  • file is the name of the file where the .csv-file is saved. Per default, it is saved in the current working directory under the name <symbol>.csv.

For example, the call

download_data(symbol = "^GDAXI", from = "2000-01-01", to = Sys.Date())
#> Download successful.
#> * symbol: ^GDAXI 
#> * from: 2000-01-03 
#> * to: 2022-09-30 
#> * path: /Users/runner/work/fHMM/fHMM/vignettes/^GDAXI.csv

downloads the 21st century daily data of the DAX into the current working directory.

Highlighting events

Historical events can be highlighted by specifying a named list events with elements dates (a vector of dates) and labels (a vector of labels for the events) and passing it to the plot method, for example:

events <- fHMM:::fHMM_events(
    dates = c("2001-09-11","2008-09-15","2020-01-27"),
    labels = c("9/11 terrorist attack","Bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers","First COVID-19 case in Germany")
#>        dates                         labels
#> 1 2001-09-11          9/11 terrorist attack
#> 2 2008-09-15  Bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers
#> 3 2020-01-27 First COVID-19 case in Germany
plot(data, events = events)

Simulated data

If the data parameter in the model’s controls is unspecified, the model is fitted to simulated data from the model specification. This can be useful for testing the functionality or conducting simulation experiments. True model parameters can be specified by defining an fHMM_parameters-object via the fHMM_parameters() function and passing it to prepare_data().