Average Directional Index (ADX)

The Average Directional Index (ADX) was authored by J. Welles Wilder in 1978. ADX is an indicator of trend strength in a series of prices. It is composed of two other indicators, the positive directional indicator (+DI) and the negative directional indicator (-DI). The ADX combines and smooths these indicators. The user may change only the period length. This indicator’s definition is further expressed in the condensed code given in the calculation below.

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How To Trade Using Average Directional Index (ADX)

The Average Directional Index (ADX) may be used in conjuction with other studies. No signals are calculated for this indicator.

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//period = user defined, default is 14
//index = current bar number
//smma = smoothed moving average
//abs = absolute value

// Calculate the +DM, -DM and TR
pDM = getPositiveDM(index);
nDM = getNegativeDM(index);
tr = getTrueRange(index);
// Calculate the Average +DM, -DM and TR
PDMa = smma(index, period, PDM);
NDMa = smma(index, period, NDM);
TRa = smma(index, period, TR);
// Determine the +DI, -DI and DX
Plot1: PDI = PDMa / TRa * 100;
Plot2: NDI = NDMa / TRa * 100;
DX = Math.abs((PDMa - NDMa)) / (PDMa + NDMa) * 100;
// Calculate the Average DX
Plot3: ADX = smma(index, period, DX);