A reason why Matlab is a smart choice over open source like Octave, R, Scilab, or Numpy/Scipy ?
One problem you may run into is getting the data you want if you need a specific type of data to be streamed in or data the be streamed in a specific way.
This is one reason why my argument open source is not the way to go if you learning about or quant or trading. It makes you counter-productive. If you are planning to get into an enterprise environment that pays, you need to use commercial products like Matlab. Use the real McCoy not a clone. From my Octave and R experience, I would never even consider those open source projects unless you can afford staffing to hack either to your needs for a production environment. Most real enterprise environment use commercial solutions like Microsoft or Matlab. There is no need to argue this as it a hard reality that open source people just don’t get. Upper management in paying environments need the professional support that only commercial products offer. Sorry, again that is the reality.FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!