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BSD 3-clause

bamboo is an application that systematizes realtime data analysis. bamboo provides an interface for merging, aggregating and adding algebraic calculations to dynamic datasets.

Clients can interact with bamboo through a REST web interface, a Python library, or a JavaScript library. For more languages request a libary in the language you prefer.

bamboo supports a simple querying language to build calculations (e.g. student teacher ratio) and aggregations (e.g. average number of students per district) from datasets. These are updated as new data is received.

bamboo uses pandas for data analysis, pyparsing to read formulas, and mongodb to serialize data.


bamboo is open source software released under the 3-clause BSD license, which is also known as the "Modified BSD License".


  • python (tested on version 2.7)
  • mongodb
for numpy, pandas, and scipy:

On Arch Linux: # pacman -S blas lapack gcc-fortran.

On Debian based: # apt-get install gfortran libatlas-base-dev.

On Mac OS X: $ brew install gfortran.

Using as a Python Libary


System Message: ERROR/3 (<string>, line 51)

Unknown directive type "code-block".

.. code-block:: sh

    $ pip install bamboo-server

Python pip package for bamboo.

For creating plots: $ pip install matplotlib.


System Message: ERROR/3 (<string>, line 62)

Unknown directive type "code-block".

.. code-block:: python

    import bamboo as bm

    bf = bm.BambooFrame([{'date': '2012-12-21'}])
    bff = bf.recognize_dates()

    >>> '[{"date": {"$date": 1356048000000}}]'

    # Turn asyncronous processing off

    url = 'http://formhub.org/mberg/forms/good_eats/data.csv'
    dataset = bm.Dataset.create()
    dataset.import_from_url(url, na_values=['n/a'])

    >>> {u'_gps_altitude': {u'cardinality': 14, u'label': u'_gps_altitude', ...

    # Resample monthly, 'M', aggregating by mean
    date_column = 'submit_date'
    monthly = ds.resample(date_column, 'M', 'mean').set_index(date_column)
    monthly_amounts = monthly.amount.dropna()

    # Plot the amount spent per month



System Message: ERROR/3 (<string>, line 95)

Unknown directive type "code-block".

.. code-block:: sh

    $ ./scripts/install.sh

Example Usage

On the remote server

running the example basic commands

System Message: ERROR/3 (<string>, line 107)

Unknown directive type "code-block".

.. code-block:: sh

    $ ./scripts/commands.sh

using bamboo.JS

System Message: ERROR/3 (<string>, line 113)

Unknown directive type "code-block".

.. code-block:: javascript

    var dataset = new bamboo.Dataset({url: 'http://bitly.com/ZfzBwP'});

using pybamboo

System Message: ERROR/3 (<string>, line 123)

Unknown directive type "code-block".

.. code-block:: python

    from pybamboo import PyBamboo
    pybamboo = PyBamboo()
    response = pybamboo.store_csv_file('http://formhub.org/mberg/forms/good_eats/data.csv')
    dataset_id = response['id']

posting a dataset

System Message: ERROR/3 (<string>, line 133)

Unknown directive type "code-block".

.. code-block:: sh

    $ curl -X POST -d "url=http://formhub.org/mberg/forms/good_eats/data.csv" http://bamboo.io/datasets


Viewing Documentation

The latest docs are available at http://bamboo.io/


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bamboo is an open source project. The project features, in chronological order, the combined efforts of

  • Peter Lubell-Doughtie
  • Mark Johnston
  • Prabhas Pokharel
  • Renaud Gaudin
  • Myf Ma
  • Ukang'a Dickson
  • Larry Weya

and other developers.

Projects using bamboo

  • bamboo.io - The bamboo.io web service API
  • formhub - Mobile Data Collection made easy
  • AFSIS - Africa Soil Information Service

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