Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Wolfram Alpha

  1. #1
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend Top_Cat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Posts
    23,160

    Wolfram Alpha

    Anyone else have a play wih this? Saw this article on Slate too;

    Wolfram Alpha, yet another pretender to Google's throne. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

    Tend to agree with it for the most part, although the device is still feeling its way, of course. I mean it's cute to type in "How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?" but typing in someone else's lyrics doesn't really work (Travis' "Why does it always rain on me?" produced a pretty useless result....). At this stage, it's a bit of a nerd humour toy. Asking the meaning of life will get you "42" as the answer, for example.

    One of the commenters on the article also made the point that there's no way of knowing whether WA has got it right, with Google at least there's a raft of links to choose from to verify answers to a degree. WA just gives you an answer, at this stage.

    Thoughts? Would love to see some really wacky results of queries posted here too. Keep it PG, people. haha
    Last edited by Top_Cat; 19-05-2009 at 06:26 PM.
    The Colourphonics

    Bandcamp
    Twitderp

  2. #2
    The Wheel is Forever silentstriker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    37,866
    "What is NASA's budget?" gave me something completely unrelated. On the other hand, I typed that into google, and the first link was 'NASA Budget' on wikipedia.

    As a programmar, this type of fuzzy logic is stupendously hard to get right. Language rarely translates well into things machines can parse, but I'd be interested in a good try.

    Example: "What is the age of the universe?" works and gives the right result, but 'How old is the universe?' does not.
    Quote Originally Posted by KungFu_Kallis View Post
    Peter Siddle top scores in both innings....... Matthew Wade gets out twice in one ball
    "The future light cone of the next Indian fast bowler is exactly the same as the past light cone of the previous one"
    -My beliefs summarized in words much more eloquent than I could come up with

    How the Universe came from nothing

  3. #3
    JJD Heads Athlai's Avatar
    Duck Hunt Champion! Plops Champion!
    Tournaments Won: 2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    ksfls;fsl:lsFJg/s
    Posts
    27,506
    Was useless, had no idea where my keys are.
    Direbirds FTW!

    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Wellington will win the whole thing next year. Mark my words.
    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    I'll offer up my avatar to Athlai forever if Wellington wins the Champions League.
    President of T.I.T.S
    Tamim Is Talented Society

  4. #4
    Cricket Web Content Updater alternative's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    11,114
    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Was useless, had no idea where my keys are.
    Member of the AAAS
    Member of CW Green | Stedingham Jets Grade Cricket Team | Northside Power

    Manager of South Australia (WCC)

    Winner of AFL Tipping 2006 | Winner of Wimbeldon Prediction 2006


  5. #5
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend Top_Cat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Posts
    23,160
    Haha @ Athlai.

    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    "What is NASA's budget?" gave me something completely unrelated. On the other hand, I typed that into google, and the first link was 'NASA Budget' on wikipedia.

    As a programmar, this type of fuzzy logic is stupendously hard to get right. Language rarely translates well into things machines can parse, but I'd be interested in a good try.

    Example: "What is the age of the universe?" works and gives the right result, but 'How old is the universe?' does not.
    Oh for sure, it's a great attempt. A while away from being really useful yet, though. The other issue is history. Google pretty much instantaneously made every other search engine look a toy in comparison. This has a hard act to follow.

    Mind you, if anyone can pull it off, it's Wolfram. Heck of a resume he's got there.
    Last edited by Top_Cat; 19-05-2009 at 09:53 PM.

  6. #6
    Hall of Fame Member NZTailender's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
    Posts
    19,514
    Disappointed this wasn't about the online multiplayer tank game, tbh.
    President of SKAS - Kat is King | Proud member of CVAAS - One of the best | LRPLTAS - Rosco rocks!
    The NZTailender Supporting XI:
    H Rutherford, T Latham, N Broom, M Bracewell, D Brownlie, BJ Watling, D de Boorder+, M Henry, B Wheeler, H Bennett, A Milne
    Go Tigers!
    R.I.P. Fardin & Craig

  7. #7
    International Captain Ausage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    I'll show ye!!
    Posts
    5,334
    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Was useless, had no idea where my keys are.
    Disappointed that it doesn't come up with something like "Where was the last place you put them?"

  8. #8
    International Coach PhoenixFire's Avatar
    Curveball Champion!
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Bitch please, I'm from West Yorkshire
    Posts
    14,988
    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Haha @ Athlai.



    Oh for sure, it's a great attempt. A while away from being really useful yet, though. The other issue is history. Google pretty much instantaneously made every other search engine look a toy in comparison. This has a hard act to follow.

    Mind you, if anyone can pull it off, it's Wolfram. Heck of a resume he's got there.
    They interviewed the bloke behind it and he was saying that it is pretty rusty now and will take around 18 months for it to get properly how he wants it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    1) Had double pneumonia as a kid, as did my twin sis. Doctors told my parents to pray that we lived through the night. Dad said **** off, I'm an atheist, you ****s better save my kids, etc. Then prayed anyway.

  9. #9
    Hall of Fame Member Goughy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    still scratching around in the same old hole
    Posts
    15,131
    Didnt know Bradmans bating average.
    If I only just posted the above post, please wait 5 mins before replying as there is bound to be edits

    West Robham Rabid Wolves Caedere lemma quod eat lemma

    Happy Birthday! (easier than using Birthday threads)

    Email and MSN- Goughy at cricketmail dot net

  10. #10
    cpr
    cpr is offline
    International Coach cpr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Cheshire
    Posts
    10,025
    Poor, couldnt find Wally, though did decide Waldo is in either Maine or Arkansas.
    "All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher." - Ambrose Bierce
    Langeveldt: I of course blame their parents.. and unchecked immigration!
    GingerFurball: He's Austrian, they tend to produce the odd ****ed up individual
    Burgey: Be careful dealing with neighbours whose cars don't have wheels but whose houses do.
    Uppercut: Maybe I just need better strippers

  11. #11
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend Top_Cat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Posts
    23,160
    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    They interviewed the bloke behind it and he was saying that it is pretty rusty now and will take around 18 months for it to get properly how he wants it.
    Well, it's taken him 20 years so another 18 months won't matter much!

  12. #12
    Cricket Web Staff Member / Global Moderator Neil Pickup's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Oxford, England
    Posts
    26,857
    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Well, it's taken him 20 years so another 18 months won't matter much!
    It appears to be getting better and better, and is currently proving a rather useful crutch to treble check my model answers for scholarship bits. On a slightly related note, I just discovered that Wolfram is a former pupil of my school...
    MSN Messenger: minardineil2000 at hotmail dot com | AAAS Chairman
    CricketWeb Black | CricketWeb XI Captain
    ClarkeWatch: We're Watching Rikki - Are You?

    Up The Grecians - Exeter City FC

    Completing the Square: My Cricket Web Blog



Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Alpha - Australia's 101 Best Sports Stars
    By Slats4ever in forum General Sports Forum
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: 27-10-2006, 06:05 AM
  2. Stephen 'cheapo' Wolfram
    By full_length in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-10-2002, 04:56 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •