Technical Indicators Mathematical Description

Overview

This document contains mathematical description of all technical indicators available in AnyChart Stock Component.

For all formulas and indicators below:

  • n is a period for which calculations are done, it is usually set by the period parameter of the method that creates an indicator.
  • Xi is the value passed by the data source.

Accumulation Distribution Line

Accumulation Distribution Line is calculated according to these formulas:

Adaptive Moving Average

Each point of the Adaptive Moving Average indicator is calculated by the following steps:

  1. Calculate the ER:

  2. Then, use the following formula to calculate the SSC value:

  3. Now, use the results from the actions made before and calculate the indicator:

Aroon

Aroon indicator is calculated according to the following formula:

Average True Range

Average True Range in each point is calculated according to the following formula:

This formula is based on the True Range definition. ATR is defined as the greatest of the following:

  • current High less than current Low
  • current High less than previous Close (absolute value)
  • current Low less than previous Close (absolute value)

Awesome Oscillator

Awesome Oscillator is calculated according to the following formula:

Median Price = (High + Low) / 2 AO = SMA (Median Price, 5) - SMA (Median Price, 34)

Bollinger Bands

Bollinger Bands indicator is calculated in three steps:

  1. Calculate the SMA according to the SMA formula.

  2. Use the next formula to calculate the standard deviation:


  3. Bollinger Bands values are calculated according to this formula, where "d" is a deviation:

Bollinger Bands %B

The Bollinger Bands %B indicator is calculated according to the following formula:

Bollinger Bands Width

The Bollinger Bands Width article indicator is calculated according to the following formula:

bandwidth = (upperBB - lowerBB) / middleBB

Commodity Channel Index

Commodity Channel Index is calculated according to this formula:

Where TP is a Typical Price calculated as:

And SMA is calculated as stated in SMA part of this article.

Chaikin Money Flow

Chaikin Money Flow is calculated in three steps.

  1. First a MFM(i) is calculated for all points according to this formula:


  2. Next an MFV(i) value is calculated for all points like this:


  3. And finally the CMF(i) value is calculated according to this formula:


Chaikin Oscillator

Chaikin Oscillator is calculated according to this formula:

You can see how the ADL indicator is calculated in the ADL part of this article.

Chaikin Volatility

Coming soon.

Chaikin Volatility indicator in each point is calculated according to the following formula:

Directional Movement Indicator

Directional Movement Indicator is calculated in three steps:

  1. First the True Range (TR), Plus Directional Movement (+DM) and Minus Directional Movement (-DM) are calculated for each period:


  2. Next they are smoothed using EMA or Wilder's method, calculated as:


  3. And finally the +DI and -DI values are calculated according to these formulas:


Exponential Moving Average

Exponential Moving Average in each point is calculated according to the following formula:

Heikin-Ashi

Heikin-Ashi indicator is based on price data from the current open-high-low-close, the current Heikin-Ashi values, and the prior Heikin-Ashi values. In the following formula, a (0) refers to the current period, (-1) to the prior period, and HA to Heikin-Ashi:

  1. The Heikin-Ashi Close is simply an average of the open,high, low and close for the current period.

HA-Close = (Open(0) + High(0) + Low(0) + Close(0)) / 4

  1. The Heikin-Ashi Open is the average of the prior Heikin-Ashicandlestick open plus the close of the prior Heikin-Ashi candlestick.

HA-Open = (HA-Open(-1) + HA-Close(-1)) / 2

  1. The Heikin-Ashi High is the maximum of three data points:the current period's high, the current Heikin-Ashi candlestick open or the current Heikin-Ashi candlestick close.

HA-High = Maximum of the High(0), HA-Open(0) or HA-Close(0)

  1. The Heikin-Ashi low is the minimum of three data points:the current period's low, the current Heikin-Ashi candlestick open or the current Heikin-Ashi candlestick close.

HA-Low = Minimum of the Low(0), HA-Open(0) or HA-Close(0)

KDJ

KDJ is calculated quite alike Stochastic indicator, but the difference is in having a J line, which Stochastic does not have.

  1. The %K line is calculated the following way:

  2. To create the %D line, use the next formula:

  3. This is how the %J line is calculated:

Keltner Channels

Keltner Channels bands in each point are calculated according to the following formulas:

You can see how EMA (Exponential Moving Average) and ATR (Average True Range) indicators are calculated in corresponding sections of this article.

Modified Moving Average

Modified Moving Average indicator points are calculated by the following formula:

Money Flow Index

Money Flow Index is calculated as follows:

  1. The typical price for each day is the average of high, low and close:


  2. Money flow is the product of typical price and the volume on that day:


  3. Totals of the money flow amounts over the given N days are then formed. Positive money flow is the total for those days where the typical price is higher than the previous day's typical price, and negative money flow where below. If typical price is unchanged then that day is discarded.

  4. A money ratio is then formed:


  5. From which a money flow index ranging from 0 to 100 is formed:


Momentum

Momentum indicator in each point is calculated in accordance to the folowing formula:

Moving Average Convergence Divergence

Moving Average Convergence Divergence indicator is calculated as follows:

  1. EMA[slow period]i and EMA[fast period]i is calculated by EMA formula. Slow period and fast period are set by slowPeriod (default 26) and fastPeriod (default 12) parameters of macd() method.
  2. MACD series value is calculated:
  3. EMA[signal period]i of MACD series values is calculated by EMA formula, where signal period is set by signalPeriod parameter.
  4. Signal series value is calculated:
  5. Histogram series is calculated:

Moving Average Envelopes

Coming soon.

On Balance Volume

On Balance Volume indicator is calculated according to the following rules:

  • If the closing price is above the prior close price, then:

  • If the closing price is below the prior close price, then:

  • If the closing prices equals yesterday's closing price, then:

Parabolic SAR

Parabolic SAR is created according to the following algorithm.

At each step within a trend, the SAR is calculated ahead of time. That is, tomorrow's SAR value is built using data available today. The general formula used for this is:

Where SARi and SARi - 1 represent today's and tomorrow's SAR values, respectively.

The extreme point, EP, is a record kept during each trend that represents the highest value reached by the price during the current up trend - or lowest value during a downtrend. On each period, if a new maximum (or minimum) is observed, the EP is updated with that value.

The α value represents the acceleration factor. Usually, this is set to a value of 0.02 initially. This factor is increased by 0.02 each time a new EP is recorded.

To keep it from getting too large, a maximum value for the acceleration factor is normally set at 0.20, so that it never goes beyond that.

The SAR is recursively calculated in this manner for each new period. There are, however, two special cases that will modify the SAR value:

  • If tomorrow's SAR value lies within (or beyond) today's or yesterday's price range, the SAR must be set to the closest price bound. For example, if in an up trend, the new SAR value is calculated and it results to be greater than today's or yesterday's lowest price, the SAR must be set equal to that lower boundary.
  • If tomorrow's SAR value lies within (or beyond) tomorrow's price range, a new trend direction is then signaled, and the SAR must "switch sides." Upon a trend switch, several things happen. The first SAR value for this new trend is set to the last EP recorded on the previous trend. The EP is then reset accordingly to this period's maximum. The acceleration factor is reset to its initial value.

Price Channels

Price Channels bands are calculated according to the following formulas:

Rate of Change

Rate of Change is calculated according to this formula:

Relative Strength Index

Relative Strength Index is calculated as follows:

  1. Upward change (U) or downward change (D) sequences are calculated:
  2. Then two averages are calculated:

  3. And final RSI formula is :

Simple Moving Average

Simple Moving Average in each point is calculated according to the following formula:

Stochastic Oscillator

Stochastic Oscillator indicator has two series, both being calculated with the help of other indicators (EMA or SMA). Also it has 3 types: Fast Stochastic Oscillator, Slow Stochastic Oscillator and Full Stochastic Oscillator.

The defaults create a Fast Stochastic Oscillator indicator.

where pK is the first period that is set through the stochastic() method, which is a period for the %K value.

where p3 is the third period that is set through the stochastic() method, which is a period for the %D value.

While Fast Stochastic Oscillator is used for signals, the Slow Stochastic Oscillator is supposed to reflect this emphasis.

where 3 is a default period for getting slow K.

where 3 is a default period for getting slow D.

The Full Stochastic Oscillator is a fully customizable version of the Slow Stochastic Oscillator. Users can set the look-back period, the number of periods to slow %K and the number of periods for the %D moving average.

where p2 is the second period that is set through the stochastic() method, which is a period for the smoothed %K value.

where p3 is the third period that is set through the stochastic() method, which is a period for the %D value.

Triple Exponential Moving Average

Triple Exponential Moving Average (TRIX) and its signal line are calculated in accordance to the following calculation flow:

Volume + Moving Average

Volume + Moving Average does no calculations with Volume and adds moving average of either SMA or EMA type calculated from Volume series.

Williams %R

Williams %R is calculated according to this formula: