Instances in which a financial instrument has seen unusually substantial movement (either up or down) is called a “Big Movement.” Both trend followers and swing traders will benefit from this style of analysis.
It could be an indication of a new trend formation for trend watchers. For swing traders, it could be a hint that a correction is on the way.
Autochartist takes note of each instrument's typical number of consecutive candles, and the trader is notified when an unusual movement happens.
Autochartist builds a histogram of consecutive candles by looking back up to 600 candles for every instrument, every direction, for Hourly, 4 Hourly and Daily candles. This means that for each instrument, we keep track of five different distributions.
Below is the probability distribution for the example shown above, USD/JPY 4 hourly candles:
From the above histogram, note that during the last 600 candles, we only get 1 “consecutive” bullish candle roughly 50% of the time, indicating that the USD/JPY H4 graph alternates between bullish and bearish candles 50% of the time. We can also observe that we get two consecutive bullish candles about 30% of the time, and three consecutive bullish candles about 10% of the time.
If we add these numbers up until we reach a 95% threshold, everything above that is considered "out of the norm" by more than 2 standard deviations.
That means that if the USD/JPY H4 chart shows 4 or more consecutive bullish candles, Autochartist will generate a "result.”
Each symbol, data interval, and direction can produce a unique probability distribution. Furthermore, because we generate new distributions every day using a changing window of past data, the results may alter over time.