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The zigzag pattern shown in figure 7.21 is the most common correction structure.
Figure 7.21: The zigzag pattern is the most common correction structure.
A zigzag can consist of one zigzag, a double zigzag, or, rarely, a triple zigzag. The zigzag belongs to the family of sharp corrections.
A simple zigzag pattern has three waves. A double zigzag pattern has seven waves, two simple zigzags separated by an X wave. A triple zigzag has 11 waves with two X waves.
The structure of the three waves in a simple zigzag is 5-3-5 and 5-3-5-3-5-3-5 in a double zigzag.
We use WXY to denote a double zigzag, instead of the standard ABCXABC Elliott notation. For the triple zigzag, this becomes WXYX²Z.
Figure 7.22: Double zigzag pattern using WXY notation.
As you can see in figure 7.22, this is a more consistent way of notation because more zigzags of a lower order (ABC) are connected together by a higher order wave (XYZ).