[blackcat] L2 Ehlers Adaptive Stochastic

Level: 2


John F. Ehlers introuced Adaptive Stochastic in his "Rocket Science for Traders" chapter 21 on 2001.


The Stochastic measures the current closing price relative to the lowest low over the observation period. It then normalizes this to the range between the highest high and the lowest low over the observation period. If the current closing price is equal to the highest high over the observation period, then the Stochastic has a value of 1. If the current closing price is equal to the lowest low over the observation period, then the Stochastic has a value of zero. These are the limits over which the Stochastic can range. To optimize the Stochastic for the measured cycle, the correct fraction of the cycle to use is one-half, as the Stochastic can
range from its minimum to its maximum on each half cycle of the period. As before, the code for the optimized Stochastic measures the cycle period using the Homodyne Discriminator algorithm and then uses that period as the basis for finding HH and LL and computing the Stochastic . Since half the cycle period may not be the universal answer, we include a CycPart input as a modifier. This input allows you to optimize the observation period for each particular situation. The optimized Stochastic tends to be in phase with the original price data. This suggests a way to turn a good indicator into a great one. If we subtract 50 from the optimized Stochastic , we would get a zero mean and thus tend to have Poisson-like statistics on the Stochastic’s zero crossings. If that were the case, we could smooth the optimized Stochastic and make an Optimum Predictive filter from it. That way we could anticipate signals rather than wait for signals to cross the 20 percent and 80 percent marks for confirmation as is done with the standard indicator. I will leave it to you to decide which method best suits your needs and purposes.

Key Signal

Stochastic ---> Stochastic fast line
Stochastic ---> Stochastic slow line

Pros and Cons

100% John F. Ehlers definition translation of original work, even variable names are the same. This help readers who would like to use pine to read his book. If you had read his works, then you will be quite familiar with my code style.


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