[blackcat] L2 Ehlers Hurst Coefficient Indicator

Level: 2


John F. Ehlers introuced Hurst Coefficient Indicator in his "Cycle Analytics for Traders" chapter 6 on 2013.


The Hurst coefficient is one way to attempt to get a handle on the slope of the power density of market data. The Hurst coefficient varies between 0 and 1, and is related to the α power coefficient as H = 1 − α/2. The Hurst coefficient is more estimated than computed. Dr. Ehlers found the estimate using the fractal dimension was the most practical for shorter-term market data. The Hurst coefficient is related to the fractal dimension as H = 2 − D. Dr. Ehlers would like to make it perfectly clear that the Hurst coefficient or the fractal dimension has no direct practical application to trading not only because it is an estimate, but also because it has no predictive value. These computations only reflect the general structure of the market, and the answer you get is dependent on your assumptions. For example, the Hurst coefficient changes dramatically with the length of data used in making the estimate.

The only user input is the length of data to be used. The number can be arbitrarily large if you have sufficient data. The results are critically dependent on the input data length selected. After declaring variables, the coefficients of a 20-bar SuperSmoother filter are computed. The computations of N1, N2, and N3 are as described in the previous section. The fractal dimension is then converted to the Hurst coefficient, which is subsequently smoothed in the SuperSmoother filter.

Key Signal

SmoothHurst --> Hurst Coefficient Indicator fast line
Trigger --> Hurst Coefficient Indicator slow line

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