[blackcat] L3 Ehlers Spectrogram Indicator

Level: 3


John F. Ehlers introuced Dominant Cycle and Spectrogram Indicator in Mar, 2008.


In "Measuring Cycle Periods" in Mar, 2008, John Ehlers presented a very interesting technique of measuring dominant market cycle periods by means of multiple bandpass filtering. By utilizing an approach similar to audio equalizers, the signal (here, the price series) is fed into a set of simple second-order infinite impulse response bandpass filters. Filters are tuned to 8,9,10,...,50 periods. The filter with the highest output represents the dominant cycle. This script implements a high-pass filter and a six-tap low-pass Fir filter on input, then 42 parallel Iir band-pass filters. Finally, it plots the Ehlers spectrogram as a heat map.

Ehlers Spectrogram indicates market power status:
With high market power, the spectrogram become fuzzy;
With low market power, the spectrogram become distinct.

It also discloses market dominant cycles and subcycles, which indicates the major rhythm. Regarding the rhythm of the market, Chinese and Western cultures have reached a consensus: Dr. Ehlers can find the main harmonic components of the market through DSP analysis via spectrum; Master Zen compares the market rhythm to Bach’s fugue from a philosophical perspective, where there is a rhythm of life.

Finally, please allow me to quote Master Zen’s statement on market rhythm:

"The market is cruel. For those who try to violate the market rhythm, the market is their death place; the market is beautiful, and the market is Bach’s fugue. There is a rhythm of life. Rhythm is always the rhythm of the market. A market participant without a sense of rhythm is always torturing. Put aside your greed and fear and listen to the rhythm of the market. In the weekend, let go of everything, but listen to the rhythm of nature, the rhythm of life, the rhythm of music, and then come back to listen to the rhythm of the market. Dancing with the market, your greed and fear are peeled off one by one, you will become very bright."

Key Signal

DomCyc--> Ehlers Dominant Cycle
Plot2~Plot60--> Ehlers Spectrum Heat Map

Pros and Cons

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