by John Sweeney
Goleta, CA 93116
Phone: 805 969-6478
Product: Cycle analysis software with trading signals
Equipment requirements: IBM compatible with DOS 3.1 or higher, one floppy drive, 640K RAM,
EGA/VGA monitor. Math coprocessor not required but highly recommended. Runs under OS/2 or under
Windows as a DOS program.
Data formats: Technical Tools, MetaStock, CompuTrac, Commodity Systems Inc. (C SI), ASCII,
AS infatuations go, cycles have been one of the longest-lasting affairs that technicians have conducted.
Since J.M. Hurst's The Profit Magic of Stock Transaction Timing drew attention to cycles and suggested
ways to analyze and sum them, many, many analysts (mostly engineers) have taken a swing at making
them work on market data—usually with mixed results.
One of the few successes to result was maximum entropy spectral analysis, better known as MESA, which
Anthony Warren and Jack Hutson introduced to readers of STOCKS & COMMODITIES in 1984. Engineer
John Ehlers was exposed to the work of John Parker Burg in seismic analysis at a Toronto conference in 1978 and based the development of his product MESA on Burg's graduate thesis, further explicating the
process of cycle analysis in articles in STOCKS & COMMODITIES in the late 1980s.