Wolfram Updates: more European info

Thu 11 June 2009 15:09, Bas van den Beld

The question is if you can actually call Wolfram Alpha a 'real' search engine. Maybe yes maybe no, it all depends on the definition of a search engine. Fact is that Wolfram does hold a lot of information.

But when the 'engine' launched in May lots of first time users got dissapointed because they either didn't understand it or couldn't find what they were looking for. Wolfram tries to improve that by adding new content and features reguraly. This week Wolfram launches their first "broad updates".

Wolfram Alpha changed a lot of things which influences the European users. For example they added more linguistic forms and you can now make more comparisons of composite properties (for example "US military vs. UK").

Wolfram Updates: more European info

They also made updates to borders, added naming for politically sensitive countries and regions and added sub-country regions like Wales as part of the UK. Also European currencies other than the Euro were added.

A list of the updates released by Wolfram:

    * Additional linguistic forms for many types of data and questions
    * More comparisons of composite properties (e.g. "US military vs. UK")
    * Combined time series plots of different quantities (e.g. "germany gdp vs population")
    * More complete handling of government positions (e.g. "chancellor", etc.)
    * Updates to country borders for India, China, Slovenia, Croatia, and others
    * Updates to naming for certain politically sensitive countries and regions
    * Additional subcountry regions (e.g. "Wales"); many more to come
    * Additional support for current and past fractional timezones (e.g. "Iran time")
    * City-by-city handling of U.S. states with multiple timezones
    * Updates to certain European currencies (e.g. for "Cyprus" and "Slovakia")
    * Some additional historical events; many more to come
    * Additional probability computations for cards and coins (e.g. "2 or 3 aces")
    * Additional output for partitions of integers (e.g. "partitions of 47")
    * Implicit handling of geometric figure properties (e.g. "ellipse with area 6 and major axis 2")
    * Additional support for Mathematica 3D graphics syntax
    * Additional support for stock prices with explicit dates
    * Support for planet-to-planet distances and “nearest planet”, etc.
    * Extra information when comparing incompatible units (e.g. "ergs vs. newtons")
    * Improved linguistic handling for many foods (e.g. "love apple")
    * More mountains added, especially in Australia
    * Support for many less-common given names (e.g. "zebulon")
    * More “self-aware” questions answered (e.g. "how old are you")
    * More consistent handling of sidebar links to Wikipedia, etc.



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