QQE (Quantitative Qualitative Estimation) for ThinkorSwim

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QQE — or Quantitative Qualitative Estimation, is based on a rather complex calculation of the smoothed RSI indicators.

The QQE indicator consists of a smoothed Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicator and two volatility-based trailing levels (fast and slow). The Fast Trailing Level (TL) and Slow TL are constructed by calculating the ATR of the smoothed RSI over n-periods and then further smoothing the ATR using an additional n-periods Wilders smoothing function. This smoothed ATR of RSI is then multiplied by the Fast and Slow ATR Multipliers to calculate the final Fast and Slow Trailing Levels.

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thinkScript Code

Code:
# QQE Indicator
# Converted by Kory Gill for BenTen at useThinkScript.com
# Original https://www.tradingview.com/script/zwbe2plA-Ghosty-s-Zero-Line-QQE/

declare lower;

input RSI_Period = 20;
input Slow_Factor = 5;
input QQE = 4.236;

def Wilder_Period = RSI_Period * 2 - 1;
def vClose = close;

def rsi = RSI(price = vClose, length = RSI_Period).RSI;
def rsi_ma = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, rsi, Slow_Factor);
def atr_rsi = AbsValue(rsi_ma[1] - rsi_ma);
def atr_rsi_ma = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, atr_rsi, Wilder_Period);
def dar = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, atr_rsi_ma, Wilder_Period) * QQE;

def DeltaFastAtrRsi = dar;
def RSIndex = rsi_ma;
def newshortband =  RSIndex + DeltaFastAtrRsi;
def newlongband = RSIndex - DeltaFastAtrRsi;

def longband = if RSIndex[1] > longband[1] and RSIndex > longband[1]
               then max(longband[1],newlongband)
               else newlongband;

def shortband = if RSIndex[1] < shortband[1] and  RSIndex < shortband[1]
                then min(shortband[1], newshortband)
                else newshortband;

def trend = if Crosses(RSIndex, shortband[1])
            then 1
            else if Crosses(longband[1], RSIndex)
            then -1
            else if !IsNAN(trend[1])
            then trend[1]
            else 1;

def FastAtrRsiTL = if trend == 1
                   then longband
                   else shortband;

plot pFastAtrRsiTL = FastAtrRsiTL;
plot pRsiMa = rsi_ma;
plot line50 = 50;

pFastAtrRsiTL.SetDefaultColor(CreateColor(225,109,47));
pRsiMa.SetDefaultColor(CreateColor(113,225,180));

Learn more about the QQE indicator and how to trade it:
 

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per the information, in summary:

if the indicator band is much higher than the level of 50, there is uptrend;
if significantly below the level of 50, there is downward;
if the band fluctuates near level 50 (a little above or below the level), there is flat in the market.
 
Does anyone know if it'd be possible to turn this indicator into a strategy? My knowledge with ThinkScript and writing code is pretty much non-existent, but if someone has any tips/hints or can share a starting place, I can toy around with it.
Buying condition would be where the RSI plot crosses the Fast ATR; selling would be the Fast ATR crossing the RSI plot.

Not sure if it's possible with the issue I've noticed with the scanner, but I wanted to check. Thanks for the reply and again for putting this forum together! I can't speak for everyone, but the indicators, resources, and collaboration from others I've seen have really helped me develop new skills and fine tune others - it's really appreciated!

Sorry for the unending questions on this one, but is there a way to add up/down arrows on the candles themselves when the the RSI crosses the ATR line? Specifically an up arrow where the RSI crosses above the ATR, and a down arrow when the ATR crosses the RSI? I'm striking out on all fronts in trying to get a working scanner/strategy for this one, but I'm loving the signals I've seen on AMM 2.0 combined with this indicator. I've never used ToS support, and I'm not sure what their limitations are, but would they go through the code to assist with questions like this?

If it can't be done, I understand - I just wanted to make sure. It should go without saying, but thanks again for putting the time and effort in to this forum!
 
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@Barmarrs Add this to the bottom of the script:

Code:
input over_sold = 20;
input over_bought = 80;

plot OverSold = over_Sold;
plot OverBought = over_Bought;
plot UpSignal = if pRSIMA crosses above pFastAtrRsiTL then OverSold else Double.NaN;
plot DownSignal = if pRSIMA crosses below pFastAtrRsiTL then OverBought else Double.NaN;

UpSignal.SetDefaultColor(Color.UPTICK);
UpSignal.SetPaintingStrategy(PaintingStrategy.ARROW_UP);
DownSignal.SetDefaultColor(Color.DOWNTICK);
DownSignal.SetPaintingStrategy(PaintingStrategy.ARROW_DOWN);
 
@BenTen I'm using the TradinView's QQE indicator, and I'd love to have it on Thinkorswim.
Is your 50 line can be compared to TV's 0 or 10 lines?

TV QQE indicator gives you a buy signal only when the lines are crossing 10 not zero.

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Please could you explain?
 
@Art There are different versions of QQE on TradingView, some are modified to produce slightly different signals using different inputs.
 
When there’s a cross over from the RSI and ATR
Add this Line at the end of the script

AssignPriceColor(if pRsiMa crosses above pFastAtrRsiTL then color.cyan else if pRsiMa crosses below pFastAtrRsiTL then color.orange else if pRsiMa > pFastAtrRsiTL then color.Green else if pRsiMa < pFastAtrRsiTL then color.Red else color.Gray);

AddCloud(pRsiMa, pFastAtrRsiTL , color.Green, color.RED);
 
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I'd like to convert the qqe indicator into a strategy to backtest...can someone help?

Long - entry when pRsiMa crosses above pFastAtrRsiTL, exit when price crosses upper band of Keltner channel
Short -entry when pRsiMa crosses below pFastAtrRsiTL, exit when price crosses lower band of Keltner channel
 
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@kcking here is something to start
Code:
# QQE Indicator
# Converted by Kory Gill for BenTen at useThinkScript.com
# Original https://www.tradingview.com/script/zwbe2plA-Ghosty-s-Zero-Line-QQE/


input RSI_Period = 20;
input Slow_Factor = 5;
input QQE = 4.236;

def Wilder_Period = RSI_Period * 2 - 1;
def vClose = close;

def rsi = RSI(price = vClose, length = RSI_Period).RSI;
def rsi_ma = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, rsi, Slow_Factor);
def atr_rsi = AbsValue(rsi_ma[1] - rsi_ma);
def atr_rsi_ma = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, atr_rsi, Wilder_Period);
def dar = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, atr_rsi_ma, Wilder_Period) * QQE;

def DeltaFastAtrRsi = dar;
def RSIndex = rsi_ma;
def newshortband =  RSIndex + DeltaFastAtrRsi;
def newlongband = RSIndex - DeltaFastAtrRsi;

def longband = if RSIndex[1] > longband[1] and RSIndex > longband[1]
               then max(longband[1],newlongband)
               else newlongband;

def shortband = if RSIndex[1] < shortband[1] and  RSIndex < shortband[1]
                then min(shortband[1], newshortband)
                else newshortband;

def trend = if Crosses(RSIndex, shortband[1])
            then 1
            else if Crosses(longband[1], RSIndex)
            then -1
            else if !IsNAN(trend[1])
            then trend[1]
            else 1;

def FastAtrRsiTL = if trend == 1
                   then longband
                   else shortband;

plot pFastAtrRsiTL = FastAtrRsiTL;
plot pRsiMa = rsi_ma;
plot line50 = 50;

pFastAtrRsiTL.SetDefaultColor(CreateColor(225,109,47));
pRsiMa.SetDefaultColor(CreateColor(113,225,180));

#
# TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc. (c) 2007-2020
#

input displace = 0;
input factor = 1.5;
input length = 20;
input price = close;
input averageType = AverageType.SIMPLE;
input trueRangeAverageType = AverageType.SIMPLE;

def shift = factor * MovingAverage(trueRangeAverageType, TrueRange(high, close, low), length);

def average = MovingAverage(averageType, price, length);

plot Avg = average[-displace];
Avg.SetDefaultColor(GetColor(1));

plot Upper_Band = average[-displace] + shift[-displace];
Upper_Band.SetDefaultColor(GetColor(8));

plot Lower_Band = average[-displace] - shift[-displace];
Lower_Band.SetDefaultColor(GetColor(5));
# END

addOrder(OrderType.BUY_AUTO, pRsiMa crosses above pFastAtrRsiTL);
addOrder(OrderType.SELL_TO_CLOSE, price > Upper_Band);
addOrder(OrderType.SELL_AUTO, pRsiMa crosses below pFastAtrRsiTL);
addOrder(OrderType.BUY_TO_CLOSE, price < Lower_Band);
 
great job benten, this indicator look pretty good, ben can you add a buy and sell arrow to this indicator please on the candles. thank you very much.
 
@FOTM_8888 Here you go:

Code:
# QQE Indicator
# Converted by Kory Gill for BenTen at useThinkScript.com
# Original https://www.tradingview.com/script/zwbe2plA-Ghosty-s-Zero-Line-QQE/

input RSI_Period = 20;
input Slow_Factor = 5;
input QQE = 4.236;

def Wilder_Period = RSI_Period * 2 - 1;
def vClose = close;

def rsi = RSI(price = vClose, length = RSI_Period).RSI;
def rsi_ma = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, rsi, Slow_Factor);
def atr_rsi = AbsValue(rsi_ma[1] - rsi_ma);
def atr_rsi_ma = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, atr_rsi, Wilder_Period);
def dar = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, atr_rsi_ma, Wilder_Period) * QQE;

def DeltaFastAtrRsi = dar;
def RSIndex = rsi_ma;
def newshortband =  RSIndex + DeltaFastAtrRsi;
def newlongband = RSIndex - DeltaFastAtrRsi;

def longband = if RSIndex[1] > longband[1] and RSIndex > longband[1]
               then max(longband[1],newlongband)
               else newlongband;

def shortband = if RSIndex[1] < shortband[1] and  RSIndex < shortband[1]
                then min(shortband[1], newshortband)
                else newshortband;

def trend = if Crosses(RSIndex, shortband[1])
            then 1
            else if Crosses(longband[1], RSIndex)
            then -1
            else if !IsNAN(trend[1])
            then trend[1]
            else 1;

def FastAtrRsiTL = if trend == 1
                   then longband
                   else shortband;

def pFastAtrRsiTL = FastAtrRsiTL;
def pRsiMa = rsi_ma;
def line50 = 50;

plot UpSignal = if pRSIMA crosses above pFastAtrRsiTL then low else Double.NaN;
plot DownSignal = if pRSIMA crosses below pFastAtrRsiTL then high else Double.NaN;

UpSignal.SetDefaultColor(Color.MAGENTA);
UpSignal.SetPaintingStrategy(PaintingStrategy.ARROW_UP);
DownSignal.SetDefaultColor(Color.CYAN);
DownSignal.SetPaintingStrategy(PaintingStrategy.ARROW_DOWN);
 
QQE Indicator Scan

Code:
# QQE Indicator Scan
# Converted by Kory Gill for BenTen at useThinkScript.com
# Original https://www.tradingview.com/script/zwbe2plA-Ghosty-s-Zero-Line-QQE/
# Pensar - modified into scan with 4 different choices -

input RSI_Period = 20;
input Slow_Factor = 5;
input QQE = 4.236;

def Wilder_Period = RSI_Period * 2 - 1;
def vClose = close;

def rsi = RSI(price = vClose, length = RSI_Period).RSI;
def rsi_ma = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, rsi, Slow_Factor);
def atr_rsi = AbsValue(rsi_ma[1] - rsi_ma);
def atr_rsi_ma = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, atr_rsi, Wilder_Period);
def dar = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, atr_rsi_ma, Wilder_Period) * QQE;

def DeltaFastAtrRsi = dar;
def RSIndex = rsi_ma;
def newshortband =  RSIndex + DeltaFastAtrRsi;
def newlongband = RSIndex - DeltaFastAtrRsi;

def longband = if RSIndex[1] > longband[1] and RSIndex > longband[1]
               then max(longband[1],newlongband)
               else newlongband;

def shortband = if RSIndex[1] < shortband[1] and  RSIndex < shortband[1]
                then min(shortband[1], newshortband)
                else newshortband;

def trend = if Crosses(RSIndex, shortband[1])
            then 1
            else if Crosses(longband[1], RSIndex)
            then -1
            else if !IsNAN(trend[1])
            then trend[1]
            else 1;

def FastAtrRsiTL = if trend == 1 then longband else shortband;

plot CrossAbove = if rsi_ma crosses above FastAtrRsiTL then 1 else 0;
#plot CrossBelow = if rsi_ma crosses below FastAtrRsiTL then 1 else 0;
#plot Above = if rsi_ma > FastAtrRsiTL then 1 else 0;
#plot Below = if rsi_ma < FastAtrRsiTL then 1 else 0;

# end scan

Here's a picture of what the scan is doing - it visually shows each choice that you can scan for.

QQE.png
 
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@FOTM_8888 Here you go:

Code:
# QQE Indicator
# Converted by Kory Gill for BenTen at useThinkScript.com
# Original https://www.tradingview.com/script/zwbe2plA-Ghosty-s-Zero-Line-QQE/

input RSI_Period = 20;
input Slow_Factor = 5;
input QQE = 4.236;

def Wilder_Period = RSI_Period * 2 - 1;
def vClose = close;

def rsi = RSI(price = vClose, length = RSI_Period).RSI;
def rsi_ma = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, rsi, Slow_Factor);
def atr_rsi = AbsValue(rsi_ma[1] - rsi_ma);
def atr_rsi_ma = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, atr_rsi, Wilder_Period);
def dar = MovingAverage(AverageType.EXPONENTIAL, atr_rsi_ma, Wilder_Period) * QQE;

def DeltaFastAtrRsi = dar;
def RSIndex = rsi_ma;
def newshortband =  RSIndex + DeltaFastAtrRsi;
def newlongband = RSIndex - DeltaFastAtrRsi;

def longband = if RSIndex[1] > longband[1] and RSIndex > longband[1]
               then max(longband[1],newlongband)
               else newlongband;

def shortband = if RSIndex[1] < shortband[1] and  RSIndex < shortband[1]
                then min(shortband[1], newshortband)
                else newshortband;

def trend = if Crosses(RSIndex, shortband[1])
            then 1
            else if Crosses(longband[1], RSIndex)
            then -1
            else if !IsNAN(trend[1])
            then trend[1]
            else 1;

def FastAtrRsiTL = if trend == 1
                   then longband
                   else shortband;

def pFastAtrRsiTL = FastAtrRsiTL;
def pRsiMa = rsi_ma;
def line50 = 50;

plot UpSignal = if pRSIMA crosses above pFastAtrRsiTL then low else Double.NaN;
plot DownSignal = if pRSIMA crosses below pFastAtrRsiTL then high else Double.NaN;

UpSignal.SetDefaultColor(Color.MAGENTA);
UpSignal.SetPaintingStrategy(PaintingStrategy.ARROW_UP);
DownSignal.SetDefaultColor(Color.CYAN);
DownSignal.SetPaintingStrategy(PaintingStrategy.ARROW_DOWN);
@BenTen would this code work real time with no delay or repaint for daily chart for swing?
 
@tem2005 To determine if a script will repaint, you need to look at the code.
Statements with HighestAll/LowestAll or have fold operations in combination with high/lows have a high probability of repainting.
Because think about it: If a stock hits a low, then it will paint that the condition as true but as the stock continues lower, that low is no longer "the low" so it erases it and states that the new candle is the new low.

In answer to your question, I see none of that logic in this script so no repainting. As far as delays, there is no more lag than other technical indicators. However, repainting indicators are so popular because they are generally much faster while also being unreliable. It is a trade-off.
 
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