Starting Your Search


Important Note on Prices and Sectors: The StrataSearch installation contains sample prices for this tutorial, and we recommend completing this tutorial before importing any new prices or sectors. However, if you decide to import new prices and sectors, make sure you initiate this tutorial using a Sector of roughly 100 or fewer stocks. A larger Sector may require significantly more time than the tutorial expects.

Why 3 Days? Before you begin, you may want to know "why 3 days"? Is there something magical about a 3-day search? Actually, no. This is simply an arbitrary number used for this tutorial to allow you to watch this particular system as it develops over time. You can certainly run this search longer than 3 days and you will likely see continued improvement. But in this tutorial, 3 days is sufficient to get a feel for how a system grows and improves. Likewise, automated searches do not automatically end after 3 days (or any other period of time, for that matter). Unless otherwise instructed, automated searches will continue indefinitely until you choose to stop them. Read on for more information.

Bonus! Your First Day of Searching is Already Done! To help you evaluate StrataSearch even more quickly, we've run this particular search for the first 24 hours for you. Follow the steps below to see how a search is started, and you will soon see StrataSearch building a Detailed Analysis. When that is complete, you can go straight to After One Day to see what StrataSearch found in the first 24 hours. (But keep in mind that it will improve even further by running it 2 more days on your own!)

The sections below will help you start your search, plus give you other areas to investigate in your first day:

Step 1: Open the Run Combinations dialog

Step 2: Configure the Search

Step 3: Click Start

Step 4: Using the Processor

Step 5: While you Wait...




Step 1: Open the Run Combinations dialog

Let's get started! To start your search, first open the Run > Run Combinations menu or click the Run Combinations button:




Step 2: Configure the Search

On the Run Combinations dialog, set a OneClick search for Percent of Perfect:




Step 3: Click Start

Next click the Start button on the Run Combinations dialog. That's it! StrataSearch will now search for a winning trading system for you.




Step 4: Using the Processor

As you watch the Processor window, you'll be able to see the search progressing. You can see the different individual strategies it's building and evaluating, and you can see the speed at which it evaluates all the symbols. You can also watch the number of Runs it's completed.

If you'd like, you can close the Processor window as needed. You'll know the Processor is still running when the green light in the toolbar is flashing: . You can always reopen the Processor window by using the Display > Processor menu, or simply clicking the Processor button:

Note: If you'd like to learn more about the different types of searches you can do with StrataSearch, see Searching - General Information. Or if you'd like to know more about how the Processor manages the StrataSearch processing by running items one at a time, see Processor.




Step 5: While You Wait...

During the next 3 days, StrataSearch will continuously build and evaluate trading strategies for you, assembling them into an efficient multi-system. But make sure you leave your computer on and running for the next 3 days, and disable any power-saving features on your computer. You can certainly stop and restart StrataSearch as needed, especially if you need to use your computer for other things during this time.

The next step of the tutorial comes after one full day. So what can you do until then? Now would be a great time to explore some of StrataSearch's great charts. Yes, you can still use them even while the OneClick Search is processing. StrataSearch's attractive charts have many features, allowing you to view different styles such as standard bars, candlesticks, Renko, Equivolume, Kagi and more. You can also set periodicity, add calculations, draw trendlines, and add indicators. To get started, open the Display > Charts menu, or visit the Charts Help.

Tip: You'll soon notice that StrataSearch has a Help Button on every single window. If you'd like specific help for the window you're examining, simply click the help button on that window.

When your search has been running for one full day, you'll begin examining your results. See After One Day.