We can try and solve these issues in a number of ways, adaptive lengths, dynamic weighting etc. This filter uses a non linear weighting combined with an exponential decay rate.
With the non linear weighting the filter can become very responsive to sudden spikes. We can use a short length absolute as a method to improve weighting of relative high .
c1 = abs(close - close) / close
Which gives us a fairly simple filter :
filter = sum(c1 * close,periods) / sum(c1,periods)
At this point if we want to control the relative magnitude of the coefficients we can do so by raising it to a power.
c2 = pow(c1, x)
Where x approaches zero the coefficient approaches 1 or a linear filter. At x = 1 we have an unmodified coefficient and higher values increase the relative magnitude of the response. As an extreme example with x = 10 we effectively isolate the highest candle within the window (which has some novel support resistance horizontals as those closes are often important). This controls the degree of responsiveness, so we can magnify the responsiveness, but with the trade off of overshoot/persistence.
So now we have the problem whereby that a highly weighted data point from a high event persists within the filter window. And to a possibly extreme degree, if a reversal occurs we get a potentially large "overshoot" and in a way actually induced a large amount of lag for future price action.
This filter compensates for this effect by exponentially decaying the abs( ) coefficient over time, so as a high event passes through the filter window it receives exponentially less weighting allowing more recent prices to receive a higher relative weighting than they would have.
c3 = c2 * pow(1 - percent_decay, periods_back)
This is somewhat similar to an , however with an being recursive that event will persist forever (to some degree) in the calculation. Here we are using a fixed window, so once the event is behind the window it's completely removed from the calculation
I've added Ehler's Super Smoother as an optional smoothing function as some highly non linear settings benefit from smoothing. I can't remember where I got the original SS code snippet, so if you recognize it as yours msg me and I'll link you here.