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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 1:24 pm    Post subject: Fun with Wolfram Alpha Reply with quote

So Wolfram Alpha has now opened up for public queries. Just how good is it?

Here are a few search results...

http://www91.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=What+is+the+meaning+of+life

Two for the Python fans:

http://www33.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=airspeed+of+an+unladen+african+swallow

whereas

http://www33.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=airspeed+of+an+unladen+european+swallow

Sadly some questions still cannot be answered:

http://www33.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=What+do+women+want%3F
http://www33.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=What+do+men+want%3F

Rather surprising that last one. Laughing

(These were gleaned from elsewhere on the net).
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been meaning to try it out. Looks like it still needs some work. Is nice to have results that aren't ads or a site trying to sell you something.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's great if you want mathematical functions, hard science data, graphs etc. Still a rather limited set of databases it draws on for other information though - I expect that will be built up gradually.

Also it's not too hot with syntax in queries though that seems to have been Doc. Wolfram's intent:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8026331.stm
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