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Random walk

Theory that stock price changes from day to day are accidental or haphazard; changes are independent of each other and have the same probability distribution. For a simple random walk, the best forecast of tomorrow's price is today's price. Related: Mean reversion.
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Random Walk Theory

An investment philosophy holding that security prices are completely unpredictable, especially in the short term. Random walk theory states that both fundamental analysis and technical analysis are wastes of time, as securities behave randomly. Thus, the theory holds that it is impossible to outperform the market by choosing the "correct" securities; it is only possible to outperform the market by taking on additional risk. Critics of random walk theory contend that empirical evidence shows that security prices do indeed follow particular trends that can be predicted with a fair degree of accuracy. The theory originated in 1973 with the book, A Random Walk Down Wall Street. See also: Efficient markets theory.
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In this case, the rejection of the null hypothesis would indicate that the market follows a random walk hypothesis, and, consequently, that the market is weak-form efficient.
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By assuming that the covariance matrix presents time-dependent positions and the station monuments are subject to a random walk process, then the formal uncertainty of the estimated velocities is approximated by (Zhang et al., 1997; Williams, 2003; Bos et al., 2008):
The Brownian model performed best at the shortest distances (< 7 cm); the correlated random walk model overtook the Brownian model at 16.5 cm, and overtook the sea star model at 22.5 cm.
A random walk algorithm is used to estimate the candidate confidence.
In addition, the data dissemination cost of the EDFC strategy is higher than the LTCDS strategy, although the length of each random walk is shorter.