Most trade systems analyze the recent price curve with functions or indicators that introduce more or less lag. This means that trade signals are always late, which reduces the profit of a system. One way to minimize lag is using low-lag functions (for instance, lowpass filters instead of moving averages). Another way is predicting the signals before they actually occur. This is the purpose of the **predict** function that works by extrapolating signal curves into the future.

type |
Event to be predicted:CROSSOVER - crossing of Data over the zero linePEAK - Data peakVALLEY - Data valley+PARABOLIC - use parabolic instead of linear regression. |

Data |
Data series to be predicted, with a minimum length of TimePeriod. |

TimePeriod |
Number of bars used for the prediction. |

Threshold |
Prediction threshold, or 0 for no threshold. |

- The
**predict**function does not peek into the future, but uses past data for predicting events on the future curve. - For predicting a crossover of two data series, or a series crossing over a fixed value, call
**predict**with a series of the differences, f.i.**vars Difference = series(Data1[0] - Data2[0]);**. For a crossunder, reverse the differences (see example). - Crossovers are detected with higher precision and less false signals than peaks or valleys.
**Threshold**can be used to filter out 'weak' signals, f.i. from a crossing of two almost parallel lines. It is the minimum momentum of the**Data**line divided by the correlation coefficient.- For parabolic regression, add
**+PARABOLIC**to the**type**. It detects events earlier than linear regression, but tends to produce more false signals.

function run() { vars Price = series(price()); var LP50 = LowPass(Price,50); var LP150 = LowPass(Price,150); var CO = predict(CROSSOVER,series(LP50-LP150),10,0.5*PIP);// predict crossovervar CU = predict(CROSSOVER,series(LP150-LP50),10,0.5*PIP);// predict crossunderplot("LP50",LP50,0,RED); plot("LP150",LP150,0,BLUE); plot("CrossOver",CO,NEW,BLUE); plot("CrossUnder",CU,0,RED); }

Examples of signal prediction can also be found in the Predict and Ehlers scripts.// Trading with crossover vs. trading with prediction#define USE_PREDICT function run() { BarPeriod = 1440; asset("SPX500"); vars Osc = series(StochEhlers(series(price()),20,10,10)); #ifndef USE_PREDICT// use normal crossoverif(crossOver(Osc,0.8)) enterShort(); if(crossUnder(Osc,0.2)) enterLong(); #else// use predicted crossoverif(predict(CROSSOVER,series(Osc[0]-0.8),10,0.01) > -5) enterShort(); if(predict(CROSSOVER,series(0.2-Osc[0]),10,0.01) > -5) enterLong(); #endif }