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Exploiting Bitcoin prices patterns with Deep Learning.

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When Bitcoin meets Artificial Intelligence


Exploiting Bitcoin prices patterns with Deep Learning. Like OpenAI, we train our models on raw pixel data. Exactly how an experienced human would see the curves and takes an action.

So far, we achieved:

  • [x] Download Bitcoin tick data
  • [x] Convert to 5-minute data
  • [x] Convert to Open High Low Close representation
  • [x] Train a simple AlexNet on 20,000 samples: accuracy is 70% for predicting if asset will go UP or DOWN. Training is done on NVIDIA DIGITS and with the Caffe framework.
  • [x] Quantify how much the price will go UP or DOWN. Because the price can go UP by epsilon percent 99% of the time, and pulls back by 50%
  • [ ] Train on 1,000,000+ samples (at least)
  • [ ] Apply more complex Conv Nets (at least Google LeNet)
  • [ ] Integrate bar volumes on the generated OHLC (Open, High, Low, Close) image
  • [ ] Use CNN attention to know what's important for which image. Maybe only a fraction of the image matters for the prediction

Results on 20,000 samples (small dataset)

Training on 5 minute price data (Coinbase USD)

Some examples of the training set

Illustration of the dataset from CoinbaseUSD

                     price_open  price_high  price_low  price_close      volume  close_price_returns close_price_returns_bins  close_price_returns_labels
2017-05-29 11:55:00     2158.86     2160.06    2155.78      2156.00   21.034283             0.000000          (-0.334, 0.015]                           5
2017-05-29 12:00:00     2155.98     2170.88    2155.79      2158.53   47.772555             0.117347           (0.015, 0.364]                           6
2017-05-29 12:05:00     2158.49     2158.79    2141.12      2141.92  122.332090            -0.769505        (-1.0322, -0.683]                           3
2017-05-29 12:10:00     2141.87     2165.90    2141.86      2162.44   87.253402             0.958019          (0.713, 1.0623]                           8
  • Scroll right to see all the columns!
  • Volumes are displayed in BTC.
  • Returns are in percentage and are computed on the close prices.

How to get started?

git clone
cd deep-learning-bitcoin
./ # will download it to /tmp/
python3 /tmp/btc-trading-patterns/ /tmp/coinbaseUSD.csv 1 # 1 means we want to use quantiles on returns. 0 would mean we are interested if the bitcoin goes UP or DOWN only.

If you are interested into building a huge dataset (coinbase.csv contains around 18M rows), it's preferrable to run the program in background mode:

nohup python3 -u /tmp/btc-trading-patterns/ /tmp/coinbaseUSD.csv 1 > /tmp/btc.out 2>&1 &
tail -f /tmp/btc.out

If you ever see this error:

_tkinter.TclError: no display name and no $DISPLAY environment variable

Please refer to this solution:

Run with Docker

To build the docker image just execute

docker build -t dlb .

from the repository folder and then run the container

docker run -it --name dlb -v $PWD:/app dlb /bin/bash

the current folder will be mounted into

. To verify the correct mount execute inside the container
[email protected]:/app# mount| grep app
/dev/sda2 on /app type ext4 (rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered)

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