25 January 2013

Analyse, see and do more with Wolfram|Alpha’s Personal Analytics for Facebook

Computational knowledge engine, Wolfram|Alpha has access to a plethora of real-world data and can now combine that data with your Facebook profile to tell you interesting things you might not otherwise know – thanks to the latest upgrade of ‘Personal Analytics for Facebook’ report generator. ­A user’s Facebook history is a goldmine of rich data and Wolfram|Alpha is using its …

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28 July 2010

Wolfram Alpha and Bing: the search for the knowledge engine

Back in November 2009 Bing and Wolfram Alpha announced a partnership to include the “computational knowledge engine” results within Bing search results. The logic behind this was to improve Bing’s search offering for direct knowledge queries, for example “how much fat in an egg”, but how successful / useful has this partnership proven to be? From a micro level, you …

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20 May 2009

Wolfram Alpha – first light

I waited till Wolfram Alpha (I will call it W(α) from now, because “Wolfram Alpha” is fairly cumbersome) was live before I started slating it. I had a stockpile of ammunition ready for its deconstruction, thankfully I waited until I tried it before bashing it. W(α) is not really a search engine – I don’t even think it is dressing …

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18 May 2009

Wolfram Alpha – C3PO… but with less personality

Will the new scientific search engine change the way we search for things? Unless you’ve been living under a large rock for the past few weeks (online), you’ll have noticed the increasing hype around the new “Wolfram Alpha” search engine, which is launching officially today. For those of you that aren’t yet familar, here’s a nutshell-sized explanation of what WA …

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12 May 2009

New Search Engines – Always a good thing

We often hear of new search engines but most pass by without making any impact onto the search consciousness let alone the general searching public. And part of the difficulty is that although many struggle with even getting close to Google’s relevancy (and that is going to be hard for anyone from a standing start) it is the fact that …

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