How to Code Histograms in Java using IBKR API

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Java Programming

Java is at the core of many technologies, so it is no surprise that it also ranked among the most popular programming languages in a survey done by StackOverflow.

Many seasoned algo traders and novice quants use our Java API as it offers a great framework for building trading algos.

Today we will explore how to code Histograms in Java and submit the request via our award-winning trading platform.

It is important to note that histograms return data as a function of price level with function IBApi::EClient::reqHistogramData. Code along as shown in this example from our GitHub repository:

/*client.reqHistogramData(4004, ContractSamples.USStock(), false, “3 days”);

Next, let’s review how data is returned to IBApi::EWrapper::histogramData

public void histogramData(int reqId, List items) {
System.out.println(EWrapperMsgGenerator.histogramData(reqId, items));

Finally, if you need to cancel a request for a histogram that has not retrieved any data, do so with this command:


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