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                                                   Cast Symbol field (e.g. name3) as numeric?


2019-06-04 13:26:39

I'm using name3 Symbol field to capture a numeric field [0-2], where if the earnings are reported in Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct = 0, Feb/May/Aug/Nov=1, etc.
Then, I use the calculation below to estimate how many months to earnings.
I'm using this as a BuyRule so i don't enter positions in earnings month. [i.e. Buy = months2earnings>0]

months2earnings = name3 - month()-4*round(month()/4,0);

The assignment gives an error because name3 isn't numeric.
- Is there another field i can use/create that's numeric? Don't want to create a custom database for "Earnings Month" because this value isn't date-dependent.
- If not, how do i case name3 to a numeric field, so the above assignment can evaluate.

2019-06-07 09:19:51


You need to convert that string to a numeric value using for example: Convert.ToDouble method

String s = "1000.25";
Double d = Convert.ToDouble(s);

2019-06-07 12:21:34


"Convert.ToDouble" doesn't work in Simulators or Screeners.
Where do i add this code?
String s = "1000.25";
Double d = Convert.ToDouble(s);

If i need to create an Indicator, it returns a vector (time-series), which is overkill for this, because this is a Symbol attribute, not an indicator that changes with time.
- How can i extend the Symbol Members?

Pl provde a solution to this.

2019-06-08 06:56:15


Here is a custom function you can download and use:

ToNumeric (by Azouz, uploaded several months ago)
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