Stability of All Indicators [Rev.A] by Eugene

Rev.A (Eugene 2017/02/16):

  • Added choice between indicator libraries by a parameter slider
  • Fixed Community Indicators assy name change

Author's description by thodder:

Based on an article originally published by Cone, this strategy will test each indicator in a library for stability.  It is NOT a trading strategy.  It is only designed to test indicator stability.

This script will call the "Series" method of each indicator in the library using the default values specified in its IndicatorHelper class. The script needs to run twice with different range settings: 1) Build first set of results; 2) Build second set of results and generate a report in the debug window of the comparison of the results. The comparison goes on the assumption that the last bar should have the same value no matter what the range is. If the last bar value is not the same, the script will flag the indicator as Stable = FALSE.

There were a lot of Stable = FALSE on my first test with the values differing by an extremely small amount. I determined that I wanted to set a tolerance so values that were off by a very small amount would not be flagged as FALSE. The parameter "Tolerance Exp" can be used to adjust this amount. A -4 will set a tolerance value of 0.0001 -- which will be treated as 0.01% difference. If the difference between two backtests with different ranges is less the 0.0001 then the values will be considered equal. A tolerance of -5 will be 0.00001 (smaller difference allowed) which may result in more Stable = FALSE.

Obviously some indicators will always fail this test, but could still be stable. Any indicator that returns a bar value will almost always fail this test as the bar index will change for each range.

Sometimes the default period for an indicator is large. This may cause an error running the Series method with a period larger than the data range specified for the test. An error will cause the indicator to be dropped from the comparison. I've found that I need at least 60 bars for "WealthLab.Indicators" and 255 bars for "Community.Indicators" or some indicators will be dropped.

The report in the debug window is difficult to read. It is designed to copy all the contents and paste into a spreadsheet (I use Excel). This makes it easier to read the results and filter it as you wish.

Author: Eugene
Category: Utilities
Creation Date: 2/16/2017
Licence: Freeware
Availability: Globally
Instructions for Script Download
  1. In Wealth-Lab client software, open the Strategy Explorer (Ctrl+O)
  2. Click the "Download..." button
  3. Click "Begin Download"