This will contain a combination SGML-XML and usually well formed HTML or XHTML in addition to some well encoded image or pdf files.
The HTML file is good for viewing as well as processing but the text file contains some header information.
The wolfram financial data can help if you are doing portfolio research and you only know the ticker.
So from Ticker you want to get CIK from CIK you can go to the SEC or through well formatted URI (URL) for browse edgar cgi you can get the forms for a particular company. So this URL get's just FRES INC lastest DEF 14A
All I did was change the CIK=& to CIK=724571& to get the specific form.
The return list is HTML page an one can easily look for all links the have the word "[text]" on that resulting page
Wolfram's Financial Data or W|A can help getting a list of Executives at a company.
Back to the *.txt file. This is the file you want to process. All of these forms will contain lots of legal blah blah blah text. You want to find the HTML table or segments that contain compensation data. The HTML is daunting but applications such as HTML tiddy may help or simply finding the correct regex pattern to find well formed chuncks of HTML to process will be necessary.
Once you have the tables the rest is linking executives with their CIK and the data and footnotes from the table. The footnotes are needed. The table may say one number and the footnote may explain how to use it or what it really means.
There is more information for retrieving SEC data via FTP or HTML and how to form a URL to get archived data on the SEC website. You may want to pursue these questions offline.
So if you choose to pursue this then welcome to data mining using Mathematica.
-----Original Message----- From: Gregory Lypny [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:13 AM To: MathGroup; Hans Michel Subject: Re: Extracting Information from XBRL Files
I'm just flying by the seat of my pants. I will try your suggestion. I need compensation tables from the DEF 14A. I spoke to a SEC representative yesterday, and she told me that DEF 14A is not yet available in XBRL format. I like your download-to-notebook-format idea.
Thanks once again,
On Wed, Jun 27, 2012, at 10:19 AM, Hans Michel wrote:
> Gregory: > > I have used Mathematica to extract data from the SEC. (Mostly the > older EDGAR format). > > Not all of the data on the SEC website is available in XBRL format. > > For some forms I prefer the EDGAR SGML-XML-HTML-Text hybrid fixed > schema and taxonomy without the PDF. > > The XBRL structure brings so much framing with it that parsing the > core xml file in Mathematica should be straight forward. But attaching > the associates schemas and definitions are not so easy. > > The SEC provide a RSS feed of interactive data. Mathematica can take > an RSS fee and change it to Notebook format. > > Import["http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/xbrlrss.all.xml", "RSS"] > > http://xbrl.sec.gov/ > > With that note book format you can write code to download and extract > the zip files source. > > Parsing the main XML data file in a XBRL file is straight forward. It > is attaching the schema and the meaning which could be done in > Mathematica but to do so one would have to have a compeling reason not > to use other tools that are specifically made for such task. > > I am familiar with SGML data I would consider the XBRL format a hybrid > of SGML-XML even though the use of schemas (DTD) and entity files etc. > > What are you trying to do? > > Hans > > -----Original Message----- > From: Gregory Lypny [mailto:email@example.com] > Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:09 AM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Extracting Information from XBRL Files > > Hello everyone, > > This is a long shot, but has anyone used Mathematica to parse XBRL > files, such as those accessible from the SEC's (US Securities and > Exchange > Commission) EDGAR system? XBRL is a tagged format, an offshoot of XML. > > Gregory Lypny > >