Semi-metric machine learning techniques to investigate trend of COVID 19 spread and impact on stock market


The spread of COVID 19 pandemic appears to occur in several phrases and each phrase has possibly different impacts on the economy as reflected in the stock market. This project aims to detect and compare the impact of COVID 19 spread patterns across countries during different phrases on stock market through some measures of market properties. The COVID 19 spread can be measured by time series daily infected and death cases whereas market conditions can be measured through market indices returns, volatilities and their persistence etc. Some financial time series models can be applied to extract other market feature information. These information can be combined in various ways for each country and various semi-metrics can be used to measure differences across countries in the form of distance matrices. Change point detection, clustering and other machine learning techniques can be applied to summarise these distance information and identify association between COVID 19 spread patterns and stock market conditions in different phrases. There are many potential area to explore in each stage of the analyses.


Associate Professor Jennifer Chan

Research Location

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Program Type



Machine learning methods

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Semi-metrics, Machine learning, change point detection, clustering, returns and volatility models, COVID 19 pandemic

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2878

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