Program 41 | Chart congestion finder

Program 41 is designed to search for ‘price congestion’ on a chart. See the video below for more information.

Program 41 applied to a daily @YM chart. Notice that 3 high pivots line up and a line through the low pivots provide converging lines. The dots represent a continuation of the lines which occur until the continuation pattern is broken.

It works by searching for high pivots and storing the bar number at which they occurred in an array. Each time a new high pivot is confirmed, the program checks to see if a line can be drawn that is ‘close’ to going through the three most recent pivot points. If it finds such a line the program then searches to see if two low pivots have occurred after the oldest high pivot. If so the program draws a line connecting the most recent and the third most recent high pivots and the two most recent low pivots, provided the lines are converging.

Program 41 applied to a 60 minute @ES chart. Notice the 3 low pivots lining up during a period of congestion then the price breaking through the line joining the high pivots.

Similarly, program 41 searches for low pivots, storing the bar number at which they occurred in an array. Each time a new low pivot is confirmed, the program checks to see if a line can be drawn that is ‘close’ to going through the three most recent low pivot points. If it finds such a line the program then searches to see if two high pivots have occurred after the oldest low pivot. If so the program draws a line connecting the most recent and the third most recent low pivots and the two most recent high pivots, provided the lines are converging.

Program 41 applied to a 15 minute GBPUSD chart with the Debug input set to TRUE.

Once these lines are drawn the program starts plotting showme dots to continue the lines to the right. Once price breaches the lines (plus a user input number of ticks, in the case of high lines,  or minus a user input number of ticks, in the case of low lines. This user input is specified by the TickTol input–see below) the program plots one more dot and then ceases to continue plotting dots to show the user that the line has been breached.

Determining whether 3 pivot points are approximately in a straight line

In the following image 3 high pivots can be seen. Angles A and B are measured and the difference between them calculated. For the line joining the first and third pivot, the absolute value of the difference between the two angles must be less than the user input: MaxAllowedAngleDiff.

Be aware that the angle is often very different from how it appears on the chart. To determine an appropriate value for MaxAllowedAngleDiff, I suggest, initially setting it to a large value, then set the Debug user inut to TRUE and view the calculated angles in the print log. You will see output like the following:

1120911.00 1330.00 GBPUSD Angle1 – Angle2 0.0007646932
1120911.00 1330.00 GBPUSD Angle1 – Angle2 0.0007646932
1120911.00 1330.00 GBPUSD Angle1 – Angle2 0.0007646932
1120911.00 1330.00 GBPUSD Angle1 – Angle2 0.0007646932
1120911.00 1330.00 GBPUSD Angle1 – Angle2 0.0007646932

Program 41 applied to Mini Dow Kase bars

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Introduction to program 41 video

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User Inputs

LeftStrength( 2 ), // Left strength of price pivots
RightStrength( 2 ), // Right strength of price pivots
MaxAllowedAngleDiff( 5 ), // Maximum slope angle for lines to be considered close enough to join 3 pivots
LineColor1( DarkGreen ), // Upper line ‘joining’ 3 high pivots
LineColor2( Darkred ), // Lower line joining 2 low pivots that have occurred between 1st and 3rd high pivots
LineColor3( Magenta ), // Upper line joining 2 high pivots that have occurred between 1st and 3rd low pivots
LineColor4( Cyan ), // Lower line ‘joining’ 3 low pivots
TickTol( 5 ), // Price must break out above or below projected lines for showme dots to cease to be drawn
Debug( True );

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