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Re: Bloomberg and Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg46429] Re: [mg46342] Bloomberg and Mathematica
  • From: "Sseziwa Mukasa,,(978) 536-2359" <mukasa at>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 00:36:52 -0500 (EST)
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On Feb 16, 2004, at 8:59 AM, Vlad Grubman wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> this is my first post, so don't kick me yet if I do something wrong.
> I have a task at hand to retrieve Bloomberg's historical data into
> Mathematica. I'm not even sure where to start looking, so any advice
> will be highly appreciated. I'm pretty much an experienced programmer,
> but just saw Mathematica for the first time, so consider me as a total
> newbie :)
> Thanks in advance and hope to hear some responses soon.

My first suggestion, use the included Help Browser and the Mathematica 
Book.  In particular look under the Input and Output section of the 
Help Browser under Built-in Functions which will point you to relevant 
chapters of the the Mathematica Book and describe the relevant 
functions.  Chapter 1 of the Mathematica Book is an intermediate 
tutorial.  Section 11 deals with file input and output, I suggest 
reading as much of that as necessary.  You can also search the master 
index of the Help Browser which can point you to relevant starting 
points for learning Mathematica.

I'm not sure what your programming background is, but as a language 
Mathematica is different from most popular languages: C, C++, Java etc. 
in that it encourages a functional programming style, some familiarity 
with LISP concepts is helpful.  That said, Mathematica's file I/O model 
is not too different from the stream based protocols of most other 

Good luck,


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