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Written in R, C/C++, Fortran
Operating system Cross-platform: Windows, macOS, Linux
Platform R programming language
Type Computational finance
License GPL
Website www.rmetrics.org

Rmetrics is a free, open source and open development software project for teaching computational finance. Rmetrics is based primarily on the statistical R programming language, but does contain contributions in other programming languages, Fortran, C, and C++. The project was started in 2001 by Diethelm Wuertz, based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Rmetrics Packages[edit]

Most Rmetrics components are distributed as R packages, which are add-on modules for R.


The broad goals of the projects are

R/Rmetrics Project[edit]

Rmetrics and the R package system provides a broad range of advantages to the Rmetrics project including

Open Source Commitment[edit]

The Rmetrics project has a commitment to full open source discipline, with distribution via a SourceForge.net-like platform. All software contributions are expected to exist under an open source license such as GPL2, Artistic 2.0, or BSD. There are many different reasons why open—source software is beneficial to a software project in finance. The reasons include

  • to provide full access to algorithms and their implementation
  • to encourage good scientific computing and statistical practice by providing appropriate tools and instruction
  • to provide a workbench of tools that allow researchers to explore and expand the methods used to analyze biological data
  • to ensure that the international scientific community is the owner of the software tools needed to carry out research
  • to lead and encourage commercial support and development of those tools that are successful
  • to promote reproducible research by providing open and accessible tools with which to carry out that research (reproducible research is distinct from independent verification)
  • to encourage users to join the Rmetrics project, either by contributing Rmetrics compliant packages or documentation.

Rmetrics Repository[edit]

The Rmetrics Repository is hosted by R-forge. The following developers (in alphabetical order) contribute or have contributed to the Rmetrics packages: Andrew Ellis, Christophe Dutang, David Lüthi, David Scott, Diethelm Würtz, Francesco Gochez, Juri Hinz, Marco Perlin, Martin Mächler, Maxime Debon, Petr Savicky, Philipp Erb, Pierre Chausse, Sergio Guirreri, Spencer Graves, Yohan Chalabi


  • Wuertz, Diethelm; Chalabi, Yohan; Chen, William; Ellis, Andrew (2009). Portfolio Optimization with R/Rmetrics. Finance Online Publishing. 

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