[blackcat] L2 Ehlers DFT-Adapted RSI

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John F. Ehlers introuced his DFT-ADAPTED RELATIVE STRENGTH INDEX ( RSI ) in Jan, 2007.


In "Fourier Transform For Traders" in Jan, 2007, John Ehlers presented an interesting technique of improving the resolution of spectral analysis that could be used to effectively measure market cycles. Better resolution is obtained by a surprisingly simple modification of the discrete Fourier transform. John Ehlers suggests using the discrete Fourier transform ( DFT ) to tune indicators. Here, I demonstrate this by building a DFT-adapted relative strength index ( RSI ) strategy.

Rather than display the RSI for a single cycle length across the entire chart, Ehlers DFT adaptive RSI value reflects the DFT-calculated dominant cycle length RSI . If the dominant cycle changes from 14 to 18 bars, the RSI length parameter changes accordingly. Computationally, this requires the strategy to continuously update values for all possible RSI cycle lengths via a "for" loop and array.

In details, a full-featured formula that implements a high-pass filter ( HP ) and a six-tap low-pass finite impulse response (FIR) filter on input, then does discrete Fourier transform calculations. I has taken liberty of adding extra parameters so the user can modify the analysis window length and the high-pass filter cutoff frequency in real time using the parameters window. Once the suite of possible RSI values is calculated, we use the DFT to select the relevant RSI for the current bar. The strategy then trades according to J. Welles Wilder's original rules for the RSI .

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The 71th script for Blackcat1402 John F. Ehlers Week publication.
Based on original work of Ehlers , I added ALMA smoothing on DFT-adapted relative strength index ( RSI ) so that clearer trend can be observed.


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