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# Averages > Displaced Weighted Moving Average

Article/Author: Omega Research Inc., 1997

File Includes: Indicator - Displaced Weighted Moving Average

Category: Indicator > Average

Description:

Displaced moving averages plot the moving average values of a previous bar or later bar on the current bar.

A weighted moving average is designed to put more weight on recent data and less weight on past data. A weighted moving average is calculated by multiplying each of the previous day's data by a weight. The following table shows the calculation of a 5-day weighted moving average:

 Day # Weight Price Weighted Average 1 1 * 25.00 = 25.00 2 2 * 26.00 = 52.00 3 3 * 28.00 = 84.00 4 4 * 25.00 = 100.00 5 5 * 29.00 = 145.00 Totals: 15 * 133.00 = 406.00 / 15 = 27.067

The weight is based on the number of days in the moving average. In the above example, the weight on the first day is 1.0 while the value on the most recent day is 5.0. This gives five times more weight to today's price than the price five days ago.

Usage:

The most popular method of interpreting a moving average is to compare the relationship between a moving average of the security's price with the security's price itself (or between several moving averages).

Inputs:

Price - the data series to average
Length - the parameter tells how many bars to average
Displace - number of bars to displace the plot of the moving average

EasyLanguage Code:
```INPUT : PRICE(CLOSE), LENGTH(9), DISPLACE(5);

IF DISPLACE >= 0 THEN BEGIN
IF CURRENTBAR > DISPLACE THEN
PLOT1(WAVERAGE(PRICE,LENGTH)[DISPLACE],"AVGDISPLACE");
END;

IF DISPLACE < 0 THEN BEGIN
IF CURRENTBAR > ABSVALUE(DISPLACE) THEN
PLOT1[WABSVALUE(DISPLACE)](AVERAGE(PRICE,LENGTH),"AVGDISPLACE");
END;```