SPUG: WolframAlpha - a great GUI and API for computing everyday knowledge
kevin-spug at fink.com
Thu Mar 4 12:50:59 PST 2010
I have a hard time with the UI. They never seem to be able to parse any
useful query I come up with. For example, I would love to see a graph of the
number of large earthquakes per year over the past 100 years or so. I tried
"number of earthquakes > 6.0 per year", "number of earthquakes per year >
6.0", and various other permutations, but couldn't get it to tell me
anything useful at all.
On Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 12:35 PM, Michael R. Wolf <MichaelRWolf at att.net>wrote:
> Stephen Wolfram (of Mathematica fame) has created www.WolframAlpha.com, an
> effort to create a GUI and API "to make all systematic knowledge immediately
> computable by everyone".
> - Of course, simple stuff is simple: 2 * 3 ^ 4:
> - Medium stuff is beautiful: plot sin x cos y:
> It gets almost ridiculously fun, helpful, and useful...
> - Generate a CAPTCHA:
> - Compare screen resolutions:
> - Compare GDP of 3 countries: gdp france, england, australia:
> - Pick an afternoon snack:
> There are *loads* of information sources stashed in there in realms that
> folks like you would be interested in: linguistics, material science, units
> & measures, computer systems, materials, chemistry, life science.
> - http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/
> It's rich. Very rich, in deed....
> In fact, digging around in the siesmology data, I accidently found out
> about the Chile earthquake (while looking for Haiti) before it hit print,
> and when there was only 1 article in the Google cache.
> - earthquakes 2010 with magnitude > 6.0:
> Have fun. Report back with your favorite find.
> P.S. I haven't even looked at the API, but imagine how cool that could be
> mashed up....
> P.P.S. There's also an iPhone app. Great for resolving "bar bets" of the
> quantatative kind, like why is Tungsten (think W - Wolfram) is a better
> incandescent filament than copper or iron
> - http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=tungston%2C+copper%2C+iron
> Michael R. Wolf
> All mammals learn by playing!
> MichaelRWolf at att.net
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