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# Bollinger Bands

I have a Bollinger Band where the middle period is set at 20..the upper standard deviation is + .382 and the lower is -.382...would like to scan stocks that close above the upper band 5 bars and 5 bars that close below the lower band..Help..greatly appreciated.

• If you want every bar above the band, you have to have a condition for each day. Assuming you want exactly 5 closes above the BB, it would be 6 days ago close < 6 days ago Upper BB, and 5 days ago close > 5 days ago Upper BB, and 4 days ago close > 4 days ago Upper BB, etc. Reverse for close below the Lower BB.
• Mark, how do I specify that I have +/- .382 on my standard deviation of my Bollinger Band?
• As far as I know, you cannot specify the value of the standard deviation. The value of the standard deviation is a result of a calculation of distances between the SMA and prices for each bar in the SMA (in other words, how far prices have wandered away from their moving average). Therefore, the standard deviation's value wiill change with each bar as price values are added and dropped (see the table in the chart school article).

You can specify how far away from the moving average you want the bands to be. The bands are placed at a multiple of the standard deviation value - the default multiplier is 2. That would place the upper band at the SMA plus 2x the standard deviation, and the lower band at the SMA minus 2x the standard deviation. But there is no reason you cannot use a fractional value to multiply the standard deviation, e.g. Upper BB(20, .382) and Lower BB(20, .382).
• quoting Mark:
"As far as I know, you cannot specify the value of the standard deviation. The value of the standard deviation is a result of a calculation of distances between the SMA and prices for each bar in the SMA (in other words, how far prices have wandered away from their moving average). Therefore, the standard deviation's value wiill change with each bar as price values are added and dropped (see the table in the chart school article).

You can specify how far away from the moving average you want the bands to be. The bands are placed at a multiple of the standard deviation value - the default multiplier is 2. That would place the upper band at the SMA plus 2x the standard deviation, and the lower band at the SMA minus 2x the standard deviation. But there is no reason you cannot use a fractional value to multiply the standard deviation, e.g. Upper BB(20, .382) and Lower BB(20, .382). "

Thanks Mark, I was wondering the same thing as daniel and didn't realize the standard deviation was the result of a calculation of those distances. Thanks for shedding some light here • To be more precise, it is a calculation *based on* those differences. Here are the steps:

Determine the number of values in the sample (i.e., the length of the moving average)