Max Drawdown Calculating Functions (Optimized)

Maximum Drawdown and Maximum Relative Drawdown% calculating functions.

I needed a way to calculate the maxDD% of a serie of datas from an array (the different values of my balance account). I didn't find any builtin pinescript way to do it, so here it is.

There are 2 algorithms to calculate maxDD and relative maxDD%, one non optimized needs n*(n - 1)/2 comparisons for a collection of n datas, the other one only needs n-1 comparisons.

In the example we calculate the maxDDs of the last 10 close values.

There a 2 functions : "maximum_relative_drawdown" and "maximum_dradown" (and "optimized_maximum_relative_drawdown" and "optimized_maximum_drawdown") with names speaking for themselves.

Input : an array of floats of arbitrary size (the values we want the DD of)
Output : an array of 4 values

I added the iteration number just for fun.

Basically my script is the implementation of these 2 algos I found on the net :

var peak = 0;
var n = prices.length
for (var i = 1; i < n; i++){
dif = prices - prices;
peak = dif < 0 ? i : peak;
maxDrawdown = maxDrawdown > dif ? maxDrawdown : dif;

var n = prices.length
for (var i = 0; i < n; i++){
for (var j = i + 1; j < n; j++){
dif = prices - prices;
maxDrawdown = maxDrawdown > dif ? maxDrawdown : dif;

Feel free to use it.

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very helpful, thank so much.
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sickojacko dinhchien
@dinhchien, ur welcome !
Great explanation
I forgot to explain the output of the functions : it's an array of 4 values : maxDD (or maxDD%) peak trough and iterations.
That's why I calculate the maxDD this way :

result = array.new_float(4)
result := maximum_relative_drawdown(array_of_values)

And I access the value like this :

maxdd := array.get(result, 0)

If you need the peak or the trough
peak := array.get(result, 1)
trough := array.get(result, 2)
TL_ID sickojacko
@sickojacko, Thanks for the explanation on this part of the code. Amazing work, thanks for sharing it.
@TL_ID, cool :)
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@PineCoders, cool thank's :p
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