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Date/Time: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:04:49 +0000

The Custom Tick Index Study is not working (the official SC code)

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[2019-04-15 17:05:26]
User128787 - Posts: 6
Hi SC,
The Custom Tick Index Study is not working. I used the official code which SC provides and created the Custom Tick Index Study. I only added SCDLLName("TickIndexStudyNW") to the code. Everything else just remained the same. The .cpp file named "TickIndexStudyNW" compiled ok.

I also followed the instructions in the study description. I have tried so many times and it still doesn't show anything on the chart. The study is below the chart but it just shows nothing. Please, see the .cpp file and the screen image.

What could be the issue? Can you run the code ok on your side?
Thank you for resolving the problem.


#include "sierrachart.h"
#include <vector> // This is used in the scsf_CustomTickIndex study


  This study creates a custom tick index from a list of charts. See the
  description in the Add Study window to learn how to use this study.
SCSFExport scsf_CustomTickIndex(SCStudyInterfaceRef sc)
  SCSubgraphRef Tick = sc.Subgraph[0];

  if (sc.SetDefaults)
    // Set the configuration and defaults
    sc.GraphName = "Custom Tick Index";
    sc.StudyDescription = "This will calculate a custom tick index. Open all of the intraday charts you want to create a tick index from. This study needs to be applied to a separate chart. This chart can be one of the same symbols in the group. However, it needs to be a separate chart. This chart needs to have the Include Columns With No Data option on. The other charts should not. This chart needs to use a short time period per bar such as 10 seconds. A 10 second period would analyze the direction over a period of 10 seconds. Set the List of Chart Numbers input to a comma separated list of all the charts you want to create a tick index from. All the charts that the study refers to will automatically be set to the same time period as the chart it is applied to. A longer duration tick index consisting of bars can be created by referencing this study using the Study Overlay OHLC study on a longer duration chart. For efficiency, the chart that this study is applied to, and the charts which the study creates a tick index from, all should have the Days To Load setting set to a small number like 1. When the charts are opened and after data downloading from the data service, then to ensure the custom tick study has referenced all the data in all the charts it refers to, select Chart >> Reload on the menu to perform a full recalculation.";
    //sc.ReferencesOtherChart = 1; // true
    sc.UpdateAlways = 1; // true
    sc.DrawZeros = 1; // true
    Tick.Name = "Tick";
    Tick.DrawStyle = DRAWSTYLE_DASH;
    sc.TextInputName = "List of Chart Numbers (comma separated)";
  // Do data processing
  // Get inputs
  // Make a copy of the list of chart numbers from the text input
  char ChartNumberList[256];
  strncpy(ChartNumberList, sc.TextInput.GetChars(), sizeof(ChartNumberList) - 1);
  // Get each of the chart numbers (from the text input) and put them into a
  // vector. The vector is static to limit the amount of memory
  // allocations and deallocations.
  static std::vector<int> ChartNumbers;
  char* Token = strtok(ChartNumberList, ",");
  while (Token != NULL)
    // Get the next chart number
    Token = strtok(NULL, ",");
  for (int DestIndex = sc.Index; DestIndex < sc.ArraySize; ++DestIndex)
    Tick[DestIndex] = 0.0f;
  // Loop through each of the charts
  for (std::vector<int>::iterator it = ChartNumbers.begin(); it != ChartNumbers.end(); ++it)
    int ChartNumber = *it;
    // Get the base data for the chart
    SCGraphData BaseData;
    sc.GetChartBaseData(-ChartNumber, BaseData);

    // Get the closing price array for the current chart
    SCFloatArray SrcPriceArray = BaseData[SC_LAST];
    if (SrcPriceArray.GetArraySize() == 0)
    // Loop through the indexes of the out array
    for (int DestIndex = sc.Index; DestIndex < sc.ArraySize; ++DestIndex)
      // Find the index in the current chart matching our destination date
      int SrcIndex = sc.GetContainingIndexForDateTimeIndex(ChartNumber, DestIndex);
      if (SrcIndex < 1)
        continue; // Can't compare with the previous value
      // Count if it's an up tick or down tick
      if (SrcPriceArray[SrcIndex] > SrcPriceArray[SrcIndex - 1])
        ++Tick[DestIndex]; // Up
      else if (SrcPriceArray[SrcIndex] < SrcPriceArray[SrcIndex - 1])
        --Tick[DestIndex]; // Down
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[2019-04-15 18:13:49]
Sierra Chart Engineering - Posts: 71060
We do not have time to get involved in this now.
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