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Old 05-18-2009, 01:45 PM   #1
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Wolfram Alpha

New search engine ....

"Making the world's knowledge computable

Today's Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone. "
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Old 05-18-2009, 01:55 PM   #2
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It's interesting as a search engine but, probably because of the complexity of its results - it is rather slow - the layout is pretty neat...
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:20 PM   #3
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Very interesting search engine. I haven't tried much input yet, but so far haven't found it to be very slow at all.
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:45 PM   #4
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Yes this pretty cool shame the main stream media don't understand it's not supposed to be like google though.
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:07 PM   #5
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Ars Technica has a good overview, see Wolfram Alpha set for launch, first look unveiled.
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:10 PM   #6
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Techcrunch also has a good article on Wolfram Alpha. If it lives up to its potential, it can discover new facts that humans have not.
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/08...ing-to-be-big/
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:13 PM   #7
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I tried it - most of what I would like it for gives no results at all.
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:16 PM   #8
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It's basically three things:

1) A search query parser

2) A lot of data, most of which is hand collected

3) A collection of handmade scripts that use mathematica to parse and present the data and various simple transformations of it in human readable form
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:31 PM   #9
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Definitely still needs work.

"how old is alasdair gray" produced "Wolfram|Alpha isn't sure what to do with your input."

The same query in Google told me he is 74 at the top of the first page.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:43 AM   #10
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Input an algebra problem. High school teachers are going to HATE this.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:58 AM   #11
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:05 AM   #12
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It worked fine for the few questions I threw at it (like "evolution of russian population"; by the way it's dwindling), after some specification.
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