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Created On Thu Dec 25, 08 05:14 AM
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matal
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Thu Dec 25, 08 05:14 AM
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Is there something closely comparable to Matlab financial toolbox available for free for Octave? The Octave financial package from sourceforge appears quite bare on initial inspection.
 
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matal
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I set myself the task of learning Octave for application in financial modeling/analysis. However, I ran into bugs trying to do the simplest of tasks - download a time series of stock prices and plot a time series of returns.
Downloading the data was easy (using 'fetch' from the financial package), but then when I create a plot of returns, I wanted to label the x-axis using real dates rather than datenum's. The dateaxis function seems to be broken in Octave 3.0.x.

I get a bit worried when something as simple as this is broken.

Anyone out there have experience using Octave for serious financial work? Is it worth continuing to invest time in learning it further? Are there sufficient support packages out there so I won't need to write basic analytics myself?
Or is the gulf between Octave support and Matlab support too big so this just isn't worth it?


 
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Fri Dec 26, 08 05:04 PM
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Octave is Open Source. Get used to buggy Open Source apps, this feature is built in this software model. There are certain exceptions which will inevitably be raised in this thread in answer to my post, but they are just exceptions to a general rule: most OS apps are so buggy that it's hard to use them for anything serious.

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