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Importing Indicator Values Into a Chart

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Hi,
I recently purchased intraday data to perform backtesting on. The data contained the date, time, OHLC, VWAP values, volume and number of trades. I cleaned the data (deleted VWAP column) and imported it using ASCII mapping. I wasn't able to construct VWAP using the actual indicator I have coded in Multicharts (because it uses up/down ticks to construct). So, I constructed a new symbol and called it VWAP, then imported the values that came with the data, and inserted it in the chart as an instrument. This works fine, I have the data instrument and VWAP drawn on it.
My question is: was there a better way to do this? Also what's the best way to go about constructing the VWAP bands?

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mamax98,

one way to accomplish this via an indicator would be to read the file using EasyLanguage Collections and then plot the values. It will require some programming and if your method works for you, there might not be a reason to change it.

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mamax98,

one way to accomplish this via an indicator would be to read the file using EasyLanguage Collections and then plot the values. It will require some programming and if your method works for you, there might not be a reason to change it.

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Ok Thank you. I was just reading a few threads that talk about how to reference a .csv file. My workarounds works for now but I will probably try to do it the correct way. My main goal right now is to figure out how to construct the bands around the VWAP, any tips?

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mamax98,

you would have to elaborate what kind of bands you are looking for. Otherwise the tips might not be too helpful for you. Check the Bollinger Bands and the Keltner Channel indicators for two types of bands around an average.

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mamax98,

you would have to elaborate what kind of bands you are looking for. Otherwise the tips might not be too helpful for you. Check the Bollinger Bands and the Keltner Channel indicators for two types of bands around an average.

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Oh, I meant the stdev bands that surround the VWAP line (usually 1 and 2 stddev bands).

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mamax98,

in that case the Bollinger Bands indicator can be used as a reference.

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in that case the Bollinger Bands indicator can be used as a reference.

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Thanks @ABCTG. I was able to code standard deviation bands using the close of data2 (VWAP) and High/low of data1 (price).

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mamax98,

where do you use the High/Low of Data1 in your computations?

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Initially I used high/low based on where price is relative to VWAP. Then I decided to just use Typical price to keep things simple. I hope that helps.

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mamax98,

great, if it gives you the results you are looking for. I am just not clear where you'd use the high/low/typical price (or what ever price) in the computation for the standard deviation of the VWAP.

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mamax98,

great, if it gives you the results you are looking for. I am just not clear where you'd use the high/low/typical price (or what ever price) in the computation for the standard deviation of the VWAP.

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I used the typical formula for calculating standard deviation: sqrt [sqr (Typical Price-VWAP)/n]. Does that make sense?

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mamax98,

it makes sense and there are a lot of ways to come up with standard deviation bands. You could for example compare your result to computing the standard deviation on just the VWAP.

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