# [blackcat] L2 Ehlers Relative Vigor Index

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Background

John F. Ehlers introuced Relative Vigor Index in his "Cybernetic Analysis for Stocks and Futures" chapter 6 on 2004.

Function

Relative Vigor Index (RVI) uses concepts dating back over three decades and also uses modern filter and digital signal processing theory to realize those concepts as a practical and useful indicator. The RVI merges the old concepts with the new technologies. The basic idea of the RVI is that prices tend to close higher than
they open in up markets and tend to close lower than they open in down markets. The vigor of the move is thus established by where the prices reside at the end of the day. To normalize the index to the daily trading range, the change in price is divided by the maximum range of prices for the day.
The RVI is an oscillator, and we are therefore only concerned with the cycle modes of the market in its use. The sharpest rate of change for a cycle is at its midpoint. Therefore, in the ascending part of the cycle we would expect the difference between the close and open to be at a maximum. This is like a derivative in calculus, where the derivative of a sinewave produces a negative cosine wave. The derivative is therefore a waveform that leads the original sinewave by a quarter cycle. Also, from calculus, integration of a sinewave over a half-cycle period results in another sinewave delayed by a quarter cycle. Summing over a half cycle is basically the same as mathematically integrating, with the result that the waveshape of the sum is delayed by a quarter wavelength relative to the input. The net result of taking the differences and summing produces an oscillator output in phase with the cyclic component of the price. It is also possible to generate a leading function if the summation window is less than a half wavelength of the Dominant Cycle. If a cycle measurement is not available, you can sum the RVI components over a fixed default period. A nominal value of 8 is suggested because this is approximately half the period of most cycles of interest.

Key Signal

RVI ---> Relative Vigor Index fast line
Trigger ---> Relative Vigor Index slow line

Pros and Cons

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