Thursday, 31 March 2011

AFIRMA trend line

I recently came across a blog post here that talks about an Autoregressive Finite Impulse Response MA, with a link to Metatrader 4 code here. Whilst the blogger in question dismisses the AFIRMA as being "completely useless" I think that in fact this could be quite useful for me. I can guess that s/he dismisses it due to the fact that the windowing function "peeks into the future" (10 days in the case of the default setting of 21).

However, using the leading functions I have talked about in my recent posts, I believe it might be possible to use the values of these leading functions as a proxy for this "peek into the future." Essentially the idea is to take the current bar's 1 bar leading function value of the Cybercycle as a proxy for the next bar's actual Cybercycle value, and then add this to the current bar's Instantaneous trend line value plus its 1 bar momentum to arrive at a "best guess" for the next bar's estimated value. Then all calculations for the indicators are re-run using this estimated value, a new 1 bar leading function calculated, added etc. and wash, rinse and repeat as required.

I can envisage that the coding of this will be difficult and time consuming, so before attempting to do so I will conduct some basic tests of the AFIRMA as is, with the luxury of this perfect "peek into the future" on historical data. I will have to be satisfied that the AFIRMA is possibly worth using before I put time and effort in to this coding task.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Leading signal for oscillators #3

Following on from the previous two posts about creating a leading indicator for oscillators, I have decided not to use the high pass filter I was using. The reason for this is that in the presence of a trend the high pass filter tends to drift upwards in an uptrend or downwards in a down trend with the result that the filter ends up being centred around a non zero mean. The high pass filter has now been replaced by Ehler's "Cybercycle" which does not suffer from this problem.

Below there is a video showing the leading indicators in action on real life data, the data being continuous, back adjusted futures for the Live Cattle contract, covering approximately a year's worth of data up to and including the 8th March 2011.

The upper graph is obviously a candlestick chart of the data with colour coded bars, but also plotted is Ehler's "Instantaneous trend line" in blue and the Cybercycle Tukey control chart upper control lines and lower control lines, in dotted yellow, mapped on to the price chart. The first sub graph is the actual Cybercycle indicator with its leading functions and its Tukey control chart upper control line and lower control line. The one bar, two bar, three bar and four bar leading functions of the Cybercycle are coloured yellow, green, cyan and white respectively. The second and third sub graphs are a band pass filter applied to the Cybercycle and Ehler's "Sine wave Indicator" applied to the Cybercycle, and both follow the colour scheme as above.

It can be seen that in the sub graphs the lines are either solid or dotted lines, as is the trend line in the price chart. When the Cybercycle is "in control" according to the logic of the Tukey control chart the lines in the sub graphs are solid and the trend line is dotted. When the Cybercycle is "out of control" according to the logic of the Tukey control chart the lines in the sub graphs are dotted and the trend line is solid. This is a simple, visual way to determine whether prices are deemed to be trending or possibly cyclic in nature.

In the price chart the bars are coloured green if the Cybercycle is "in control" AND the leading functions of the Cybercycle are "in order" i.e. the four bar lead is leading the three bar lead, which in turn is leading the two bar lead etc. and indicating upwards cyclic action; similarly the bars are coloured cyan if downwards cyclic action is indicated.

Finally, in the price chart, there are little, coloured triangles above the bars pointing downwards or below the bars pointing upwards. These indicate when the Cybercycle leading functions actually cross each other; when the triangle is cyan the cyan four bar leading function has crossed the green three bar leading function; when the triangle is green the green three bar leading function has crossed the yellow two bar leading function, and so on. It should be noted here that there is an order of preference given to the plotting of these triangles. If there are simultaneous crossovers the "most recent" crossover is displayed, i.e. if the four bar crosses the three bar, and the three bar crosses the two bar, the triangle is green only for the three bar crossing the two bar. The "perfect" set up sequence is cyan, green, yellow and finally blue, signalling three days to the turn, two days to the turn, the turn is tomorrow, and this is the turn bar respectively.

In summary, when the trend line is solid and the leading functions are dotted the market is trending, when the trend line is dotted and the leading functions are solid the market is possibly cycling. When the market is possibly cycling green bars mean be long and cyan bars mean be short. When the market is possibly cycling the triangles give advance warning of market turns.

I leave it up to the viewers to make their own minds up about the efficacy of these signals, but personally I am quite pleased with them.

n.b. for geeks
1) all calculations were done in Octave
2) all plotting was done in Gnuplot, animated by using the reread command
3) the desktop was recorded using recordMyDesktop
4) the video was edited using the Linux video editor LiVES
5) the .ogv output of recordMyDesktop was converted to .avi for upload to Youtube using mencoder

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