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How to detect whether price movements are predictable or not

Updated on 2011-03-18 05:48:35

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One way to do that is by using the Hurst exponent. Referred to as the "index of dependence", the Hurst exponent measures the long-term memory of time-series, that is, their autocorrelation.


- Download the Hurst exponent indicator from Estimation of the Hurst Exponent - Trading Indicator.
- Once the trading indicator is downloaded, click on "Display" in the new form.
Alternatively, you can create a new pane on a chart by right clicking on it then selecting "Create a new pane". In this new pane, add the new indicator (Hurst).

Interpretation of the Hurst exponent

Between 0 and 0.5: The security is predictable. A decrease in the security price is likely to be followed by an increase (Negative autocorrelation)
Around 0.5: The security or stock price is unpredictable (Random walk)
Between 0.5 and 1: The security is predictable. An increase in the security price is likely to be followed by another increase (Positive autocorrelation).

Example of trading rule based on the Hurst exponent

randomwalk = sma(Hurst(), 10) > 0.49 and sma(Hurst(), 10) < 0.51;

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