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Open Bug report MC-2577

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I have (again) stumbled upon a performance issue, where a script was taking too long to execute (some 26sec on 7yrs of 20min bars).

Investigating, I copied it block by block to another, fresh script, but it run in <6 sec altogether.

The only block left was the one which should not have been executed anyway (if false then...) - and when I copied it, the time got back to 26sec!

Somehow a block of code that should not have been executed dramatically influences run time!

!! AND - params passed to functions that are not supposed to be executed - influence run times!

Observation: this seems to be a problem with functions that call other functions and use arrays.

The below code takes 11 sec to execute on 7yrs of 1-min bars of EURUSD; if all function calls are commented out - 6+sec.

Steps to reproduce this issue

input: run(False);
vars: hlc(c);

print("Start: ",DateTimeToString_Ms(computerdatetime));

if run then


value2 = NormDEnsity(hlc,40);

value13 = theta(20,c[0]*1.1,c[0],0.01,1,1);


if run then
//value12 = skew(hlc,200);
value10 = HighD(0);
//value6 = probAbove(c[0]*1.1,c[0],1,20);

value13 = theta(20,c[0]*1.1,c[0],0.01,1,1);

if LastBarOnChart then print("End at:", DateTimeToString_Ms(computerdatetime));

Comments (3)
user-offline.png  MultiCharts Support (MultiCharts)
Apr 02, 2019 - 10:06
Hi, HighD is a Series function. Series function is called always, disregard the code conditions. You can call it yourself at the beginning of the code if you want to have the values updated, otherwise MC will call it at the end of calculation. The function always keeps its previous values. If you don’t need a series function – use a simple function. It does not store any previous values. It is calculated every time in the execution context (calculated on the bar offset against the current bar for a specified number of bars). Function type is defined in File->Properties, when you open the function code in the PLEditor window.
user-offline.png  Zheka (Zheka)
Apr 03, 2019 - 11:00


All other functions in my example except HighD() are simple functions.

If you comment out HighD - script execution still takes 8 sec.

If you comment out both "if run then.." blocks altogether, execution will take 6 sec.

6 sec for Lastbaronchart comparison still seems a lot for a c++ code.

user-offline.png  MultiCharts Support (MultiCharts)
Apr 10, 2019 - 14:52
As previously specified - Series function is called always, disregard the code conditions. Even If you have a series parameter that is used in a simple function, then it is calculated unconditionally on each bar, in order to return a value at any moment. Even though more memory used in this case, the calculation speed is reduced. More information about Series Functions and Series Parameters can be found in “The essential EasyLanguage programming guide” here: https://www.multicharts.com/trading-software/index.php/Additional_Information_Sources

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