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Random or not?

speki
Mar 05 2011 at 17:37
735 posts
I wanted to import historical stock prices to MT4 for charting. I found a script which does that, but I started to think, what if I put random numbers in it? How would a 'price chart' based on random numbers look like?

Well, I created random M1 data for the hypothetical WFT currency - USD/WTF, EUR/WTF, AUD/WFT and CAD/WTF.
The charts have all the characteristics of a real Forex chart - trendlines, patterns, volatility, trending, ranging ...

I attached some random WTF charts and real FX charts - I can't tell the difference, really. Can you? Is price random?

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speki
Mar 06 2011 at 07:21
735 posts
..how about Technical analysis of a random chart? Sounds like fun? It sure is! Let's have a look at USD/WTF hourly (attached)

The WTF appreciated versus the dollar but the strong oversold RSI readings anticipated reversal. Price began to rise again and formed an upward channel. Yesterday's better-than-expected GDP figures caused the WTF to gain versus the dollar again: price broke out of the channel and fell to the previous monthly low - just below 950. The level proved support again - with institutional buyers rumored. Technically, the massive hidden bullish divergence on MACD and the double bottom formation was a screaming buy signal, with logical profit target at the Fibo 50 retracement of the latest swing down.

LMAO

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James_Bond
Mar 06 2011 at 07:49
556 posts
That's a great question and assumption!

This begs the following question - if you were to provide a random price feed to a successful trader, would he be able to remain profitable?

I wonder if we can somehow test it?

speki
Mar 06 2011 at 08:48
735 posts
Well you can see that random charts look like real ones. And you can see that many of the technical analysis tools can be applied to random charts too - do you think my analysis above is nonsense? The oversold, the divergence, the support, the double bottom, the Fibo 50, the channel - they're all there and trust me, the chart is randomly generated.

So how can you tell it's not random? You just know, that's it? 😁

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to_ul
Mar 06 2011 at 11:06
73 posts
very interessting.
but what does this tell us?

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speki
Mar 06 2011 at 13:12
735 posts
It tells us that most of the TA stuff can be applied to random charts and we can find wonderful patterns, price levels and indicator signals. So we can fool ourselves that we found something that works in the markets. Yeah, it works, but it also works on random charts.

It tells me that most of the TA stuff I used to believe in, is Mickey Mouse. Big time.

Nothing less, nothing more.

Ah, I have a headache from all this thinking. Thinking always gets me into trouble. Let's play some music - warm and slow tunes.
Kylie is wonderful - I'm looking forward to seeing her new show this year -





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Voffi (Voffi)
Mar 16 2011 at 15:22
64 posts
who knows... perhaps there is an unknown mathematical force that does this.. just hasn't been discovered yet?

meh.. all speculation at this point.

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James_Bond
Mar 16 2011 at 15:42
556 posts

Voffi posted:
    who knows... perhaps there is an unknown mathematical force that does this.. just hasn't been discovered yet?

meh.. all speculation at this point.


Well, if that's correct, then there's must be a mathematical formula to crack it! Who's got it? 😀

speki
Mar 16 2011 at 16:04
735 posts
I wouldn't complicate it with unknown forces, theories or anything. Just look at the random charts and real ones - even TA works wonderfully on random charts. I for one have seen a few charts so far but honestly I would mistake any of the above random charts for real FX charts - all of them go up and down like a hookers knickers.

You know what? Generate charts for yourself - and if you can tell what's random and what's real, you're the winner.

1. copy the attached scripts to the Experts/Scripts folder of your MT4
2. drag randomcharts.mq4 on some open chart, will generate M1 data
3. when finished, open offline chart with MT4 and drag period_converter script and change 3 for 60 (H1) or 240 (H4) or 1440 (D1), or whatever you like
4. now you have the chart in other timeframes too

I think there could be a bigger share of randomness in price movements than most of us would like to admit.
Random or not ... you decide, I'm not trying to convince you... have fun

fun is good
😄😄😄

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James_Bond
Mar 16 2011 at 16:25
556 posts
Are you sure technical analysis works on random charts? How do you define 'works'?

Do you have an EA which works on both real and random charts?

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