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.NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!