Linear Regression

Linear Regression is a statistical representation of the price data. It is a straight line on an x (date) y (price) graph that best represents the price data between its starting and ending points. It is calculated using the sum of least squares method. The user may change the input (close), number of regression bars and number of future bars. This indicator’s definition is further expressed in the condensed code given in the calculation below.

Linear Regression

How To Trade Using Linear Regression

The linear regression line may be used to show the current trend. The slope of the line designates an upward or downward trend. No signals are generated and it should be used in conjunction with other indicators.

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Go to the top menu, choose Add Study, start typing in Linear Regression until you see it appear in the list, click on the study name, click OK.

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//input = price, user defined, default is closing price
//noBars = user defined, default is 40
//noFutureBars = user defined, default is 1
//index = current bar number

endIndex = size() -1;
startIndex = endIndex - noBars;
value[] = linRegLine(endIndex, noBars, input);
a = value[0];   //a in line equasion y = a + (m * x)
m = value[1];  //m in line equasion y = a + (m * x)
//y = a + (m * x)
startY = a + (m * 0);
endY = a + (m * noBars);
start = Coordinate(getStartTime(startIndex), startY);
end = Coordinate(getStartTime(endIndex), endY);
line = Line(start, end);