I think this version is more practical and quite better than Steiner's. Also, is faster since it does not computes the whole drawdown vector (which I don't need in particular) and its more understandable. Advantage vs. MATLAB's routine: data can be <= 0, and still computes (i.e. MaxDD = 120%, for instance).
I have been trying to figure out the what the difference between your version and the one provided by Mathworks? Could you please help me?
16 Aug 2007
The input for your function is a vector of cummulative returns, not a period return vector. You should point that out in your description of the arguments.
Personally, I prefer my version because it allos not only computation of maximum drawdown, but computation of the full drawdown vector to for example plot time-under-water charts and calculation of the average of the n-th largest drawdowns (needed in the calc of certain risk-adjusted performance measures).