Category
MultiBar Functions
Description
Exponential Moving Average
Syntax
XAvg(expr, count) or EMA(expr, count)
Parameters
expr  formula referencing bar data
count  formula specifying a number of bars
Notes
Either XAvg or EMA can be used as the name of this function.
Count is usually thought of as an integer representing a number of bars, but can actually be any decimal value. An EMA is constructed by multiplying each difference between the result so far and the next value by a factor equal to 2.0 / (count + 1.0).
To calculate an EMA of count length with full precision, at least 5*count bars are required. RealTest calculates all exponential functions using however many bars are available, but if you require full precision, you will need to start your backtests that many bars after the start of your data file.
Note that, like most other backtesting software, RealTest begins each EMA calculation with MA(expr, count), then begins to apply the EMA weighting for subsequent bars once count has been reached.
See also SelfReferential Items for an interesting example of how to calculate this indicator yourself.
