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Cluster Software

A wide variety of software is installed on the local hard drives of all cluster computers. Not all software is installed on all machines due to licensing issues and hardware requirements. Many of the software packages commonly used at the Tepper School are installed on the Windows file servers and accessible by most machines. The Quick Reference Guide shows at a glance what specific hardware is installed in each room, what software is available, and where it is installed, the locations of special class-required software, and other information.

Software in the ELC varies upon what classes are being offered there. Class software ranges from Microsoft Visual C++ to in-house software designed by Tepper School faculty members themselves. Special research software are part of the ELC's software selection.

Software for Students

The CMU Computer Store offers discounted hardware and software for student purchase. The store is located on the basement level of Cyert Hall.

Special Data Sets

At the Tepper School, we offer special data sets of useful economic information. There are six different sets of data that are offered:

  • Citibase can be accessed on the GSIA Windows NT fileservers. Citibase is a macroeconomics database maintained by Citicorp Database Services. It contains about 5,000 monthly, quarterly, or annual time series ending with the latest available observations. The data are on a national level, taken from hundreds of U.S. Government and private publications.
  • Compustat is a database of financial, statistical, and market information. This database provides more than 300 annual and 100 quarterly Income Statements, Balance Sheets, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplemental data items on more than 7,500 publicly held companies.
  • CRSP (The Center for Research in Security Prices) provides comprehensive security price data sets under two primary files. These two files are the NYSE/AMEX file and the NASDAQ file. The files provide five kinds of information on individual securities:
    • identifying information.
    • price histories and trading volumes.
    • information on why a security stopped trading.
    • distribution history.
    • shares outstanding values and year-end market capitalization.
  • The New York and American Stock Exchanges and Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC) have provided transactions data to financial economists for the purpose of furthering academic research. The SIAC TRANSACTIONS data are from 1986 through 1989.
  • The NEXIS service is a leading news and business information service which contains more than 8,700 sources, of which 3,700 provide their entire publications online. These include regional, national and international newspapers, news wires, magazines, trade journals and business publications. The NEXIS service also offers: brokerage house and industry analyst reports; business information from Dun & Bradstreet; public records such as corporate filings, company records and property records; tax information; plus political analysis and information.

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