*Before starting with our brief introduction to Pitchforks and Median Lines, kindly take note that the article below is intended to give readers a brief insight into the origins and the applications of Pitchforks. We have tried our best to avoid historical inaccuracies but we cannot make any guarantees. This introduction cannot in any way replace the monumental work and research that have been produced by Alan Andrews or Roger Babson. Some of their original material has been published online by different sources and can be examined further if you wish to immerse yourself in the historical context.*

Think of a sine wave wrapped around the Median Line. A full period would complete the cycle. In practice that translates into: one cycle is complete when a price swing returns the Median Line. Alan Andrews assigned an 80% probability to price returning to the Median Line.

**From the Median Line to the Pitchfork.**

Jerome Schiff is credited for this discovery. This is why the 50 Percent Pitchfork is also called the Schiff Fork.

Traders need to understand price, market structure and context first. Only then should they decide if the deployment of a tool is warranted. This approach guarantees that traders can trust what they draw whatever market they trade in and whatever the market conditions. It is not possible to articulate a trade and execute it with the necessary confidence if a trader subconsciously doubts his foundation work.

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