[blackcat] L2 Ehlers Phase Accumulator Cycle Period Measurer

Level: 2


John F. Ehlers introuced Phase Accumulation technique of cycle period measurement in his "Rocket Science for Traders" chapter 7. It is perhaps the easiest to comprehend. In this technique, John Ehlers measures the phase at each sample by taking the arctangent of the ratio of the Quadrature component to the In-phase component. A delta phase is generated by taking the difference of the phase between successive samples. At each sample Dr . Ehlers then looks backward, adding up the delta phases. When the sum of the delta phases reaches 360 degrees (2*pi in tradingview), we must have passed through one full cycle, on average. The process is repeated for each new sample.

blackcat L2 Ehlers Phase Accumulator Cycle Period Measurer is used to measure Dominant Cycle (DC). This is one of John Ehlers three major methods to measure DC. The Phase Accumulation method of cycle measurement always uses one full cycle’s worth of historical data. This is both an advantage and disadvantage. The advantage is the lag in obtaining the answer scales directly with the cycle period. That is, the measurement of a short cycle period has less lag than the measurement of a longer cycle period. However, the number of samples used in making the measurement means the averaging period is variable with cycle period. Longer averaging reduces the noise level compared to the signal. Therefore, shorter cycle periods necessarily have a higher output Signal-to-Noise Ratio ( SNR ).

Key Signal

Smooth --> 4 bar WMA w/ 1 bar lag
Detrender --> The amplitude response of a minimum-length HT can be improved by adjusting the filter coefficients by
trial and error. HT does not allow DC component at zero frequency for transformation. So, Detrender is used to remove DC component/ trend component.
Q1 --> Quadrature phase signal
I1 --> In-phase signal
Period --> Dominant Cycle in bars

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