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  • Subject: [mg113003] Lists and Loops
  • From: Michaell Taylor <Michaell.Taylor at>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 06:43:12 -0400 (EDT)
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I am new to Mathematica and am probably too stuck in other languages, but
but having a hard time with a simple listing building looping structure.
 The code below is supposed to cycle through a list of stock tickers.  For
each ticker it builds a list of certain financial data elements and adds
each element to a list.  When the list is complete (all financial elements
obtained), the list is written to a Mysql database.  The internal looping
structure seems to work fine.  That is, if I execute the internal loop for a
single ticker, the results are added to the database as planned.

However, the outer structure causes a problem in that the list continues to
grow with each ticker.  The "mydata={}" line was meant to "reset" the list,
but doesn't seem to be performing as expected.

 tickers = {"VNO", "AMB"}

fprop = {"Average50Day", "Average200Day"}

 mydata = {t}
    mydata = Append[mydata, FinancialData[t, i]],
    {i, fprop}]
   SQLInsert[connt, "reit" , {"ticker", "first", "second"}, mydata]
   {t, tickers}]

My error, no doubt is obvious to some. Any guidance would be greatly


Michaell Taylor, PhD

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