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Stephen Wolfram to Answer Wolfram|Alpha Questions in Live Webcast

June 2, 2009 —
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Our team is hard at work going through the tens of thousands of comments, suggestions, and questions coming in about Wolfram|Alpha.

We thought you’d enjoy hearing Stephen Wolfram respond to some of this feedback directly.

This Thursday, June 4, at 4 pm US CDT, we invite you to join us for a live webcast as Stephen answers some of the questions you’ve sent in. He’ll discuss the problems, the fixes, the future, and more.

If you have a question you’d like Stephen to answer, post it as a comment to this blog post.

We’ll also be taking questions live on the chat during the webcast.

Thanks again for all of your interest and support. We look forward to sharing this live webcast with you.


Why isn’t Brooklyn, NY included?,+ny

Posted by Joey June 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

When will you add support for other languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, German etc?

Posted by Federico Tabbò June 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    when will yu add support for arabic language?

    Posted by Ihab June 3, 2009 at 4:06 am

    When will you add support for other languages such as Russia, Vietnamese etc?

    Posted by Dao June 3, 2009 at 4:54 am

    as well as Arabic and other africans language like Hausa

    Posted by Bilyaminu Auwal Romo June 3, 2009 at 5:28 am

Currently WA understands “dollar” and “nasdaq” separatelly. Will it understand things like “dollar nasdaq” in the future, in order to show correlations? Or is it already possible and it’s just me who doesn’t know the correct way of doing it?

Posted by Rafael C.P. June 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    the input “dollar nasdaq” is pointless. What do you want to do with that? Even a human can’t guess what you mean. And what do you mean if you write “dollar”? Do you mean “U.S. dollar” or any of the other dollar currencies?

    Do you want to compare the dollar excange rate with the nasdaq history? Then you need another currency for calculating the excange rate.

    A correct questions might be: “U.S. Dollar divided by Euro history compared with NASDAQ history”. That is not working either, but at least the question is correct.

    What you need are keywords like “compared with”, “compared to”, and “vs.” for the comparism of unrelated data.

    Posted by MovGP0 June 3, 2009 at 2:25 am

why small country maps is very different from the actual maps ?

Posted by elie tannous June 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

the request “average penis size” tells us that wolfram knows the answer for many countrys but when we ask for one of them (“average penis size in usa”) it doesn’t work.
seems weird to me
just a funny example but intrigous

Posted by ravaza June 2, 2009 at 5:15 pm

How long before any mathematical function can be graphed using a plot function….

Posted by john bottomley June 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Try an input like “Plot[Sin[Exp[x]],{x,0,Pi}]”. hope that helps you out.

    Posted by MovGP0 June 3, 2009 at 2:27 am

I applied for an Wolfram Alpha API key with a quite good reason almost directly after launch, but received no key. (Confuses me a bit.) What’s the plan with the API?


Posted by Jonas Grimfelt June 2, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Working through those tens of thousands of feedback items must be enough to make your head spin… :)

Posted by Daniel Bigham June 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Often i only can guess which keywords to use to get an answer to my query.
Is there any possibility to get a better overview?
Speaking of that, i often feel quite unsure about what is possible with W|A at the moment and what is not.

Posted by Martin Blume June 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm

When will API be implemented?

Posted by Mark F June 2, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Wolfram Alpha is a very exciting development and has huge potential. My questions are, when can we expect proper referencing for the data? Is this going to be a priority for Wolfram Alpha?–more-references-please

Posted by Adam Nieman June 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Mathematica code in the search field, e.g., CityData[{All,"Spain"}]. When?

Posted by Dieguico June 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm

When will you add support for other languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, German etc?

Posted by jesus del rio June 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Why is the beard-second omitted as a unit of length?

Posted by Jon F June 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Where do you get all of your information in your database from? How is it found? Is it from a reliable source?

Posted by Aadit Gupta June 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm

i would love to see current data regarding the housing markets, mortgages, foreclosures, etc out of WA. is there anywhere you can pull that type of data from, and are there any plans to extend the range of data that WA serves?


- jason nadaf

Posted by jasonspalace June 2, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Amoung the thousands of suggestions that you have got from your user, which one was the best and will be implemented and which one was the weirdest/worst.

At the moment the knowledge engine is pretty slow, what do you plan in the future to speed it up in the future.

Have you hired any outside auditors to double check that the answers that is given are correct and the information is accurant.

Over the next six months what features are you planning to implement with Wolfram Alpha.

Which are of knowledge would you most like to see added to the system that is not there already.

Posted by David June 2, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Hi. I wont be able to make it. Could you broadcast it for archive so I can watch later? Many thanks.

Posted by Betsey Merkel June 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I have been testing the Wolfram/Alpha search engine against Google and also Bing. Generally I get better organized and richer answers from Wolfram/Alpha but surprisingly, sometimes Wolfram/Alpha can’t answer a question that is readily answered by Google. How can that be?

Posted by Amy Wohl June 2, 2009 at 7:22 pm

I’ve posted on my blog some thoughts on improving the UI for wolfram|alpha — basically I think the “enter anything into a search box” model requires that users be guided in the process of constructing a search (for example, by disallowing them from hitting enter if W|A will not parse the query.) Please see the top post on my blog for more details, I’d love to hear any feedback on these thoughts.

Posted by Greg June 2, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Maintaining curated databases spanning so many topics, and being able to interpret queries in plain English are both major achievements that I would like to congratulate you for.

My question is: Do you have any plans to allow some type of cross-database analysis? Since you have such a diverse repertoire of quantitative databases at your disposal, it seems to me that the natural next step is to allow users to look at correlations among different variables, which could or could not belong to different databases.

Examples include correlation plots of two given variables (say, housing prices versus a stock market index), finding the best linear combination of a set of variables that correlate with another variable (multiple regression), etc.

Thanks a million for such a useful resource.

Posted by Artur June 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I tire of hearing the carping about the release version of Alpha. This is a truly visionary product, one that will, in the end, be transformative beyond most people’s current imaginings. Kudos to Stephan Wolfram and his team for their radical foresight and the courage to attempt to do something really difficult. Of course, it’s only the really difficult things that are worth doing!

Posted by Robert D. Shepherd June 2, 2009 at 8:30 pm

1.) One of the most useful features I’ve seen in Mathematica 7.0 is the Manipulate function. It lets me easily craft a functional GUI that lets me explore any random mathematical object I might come up with. Just imagine if Alpha could generate dynamic content on the fly similarly.

* Typing a function like Zeta(z) would allow you to adjust real,imaginary boundaries, view different types of plots, etc. in either Flash, Java, or maybe using the Mathematica player.

* Queries like “microsoft stock history” would generate a simplified version of the Google Finance for Microsoft.

* “united states presidents” might generate a timeline of the United States presidents, when they were in office, major historical events such as the Civil War or World War 2 that were occuring overlayed, onto the timeline, with a dynamic scrolling bar to see through this.

Are there any plans for dynamic content within Wolfram Alpha?

2.) One advantage I see that Alpha has is that I can type in an object such as the Petersen Graph or a sequence of numbers, and Alpha will immediately give me many different properties that these might have that I might not have thought about searching for before (perhaps different drawings of the Petersen graph or statistical properties of my sequence). Most of these I’m sure were hand-crafted types of information; are there any plans to generalize Alpha so that if I submit more complex queries it might “guess” interesting things to tell me that weren’t handcrafted in?

For example “random 10 matrix” gives a random 10×10 matrix. Imagine if I queried “random 10 matrix determinant” and the engine automatically sampled 20 10×10 matrices and gave me information on their resulting determinants.

Posted by Michael Burge June 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I’m thinking along the same lines as Greg.

Why not see a simultaneous window giving some insight into how the parsing is proceeding with options in drop down lists. That way I can improve every search syntax expression as I gain experience and will see new options dynamically as the engine evolves.

Posted by Don Bateman June 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Gratz!!!! Only one word it’s fantastic.
There are a lot of work to do but fantastic

Contiue working in the same wave!!!

Posted by Cris June 2, 2009 at 8:46 pm

basketball and sports scores

Posted by Danny June 2, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I like job in wolfgram alpha. May be?
I am journalist, live in Argentina. I am Chilean, sud america.
Best regards

Posted by Cristian June 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I am Chinese,so what I want to know is that when will it work with Chinese character (or Japanese…etc).If you need some help about Chinese character ,just let us know.Since it is a great project for human being,we are pleased to do anything possible to help you and your team.

Posted by Dong Longchao June 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I am intrested as I am sure many others are as well, in back testing automated market theroies and does W.A. have axcess to things like the s & p E minney market on a tick by tick basis to go backward in time over months and years, to see if a automated type of trade would have worked ofer a long period of time or in certian markets…Thank You …Bob

Posted by Bob Nordberg June 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm

where is the hamular process?

Posted by irma a salgado June 2, 2009 at 9:52 pm

What is the optimum approach to do a Search ?
Sometimes Search just hangs but changing the order of words works fine.
What is the Best suggestion-Nouns first-PRonouns next-Adjectives next…

Posted by Zia June 2, 2009 at 9:54 pm

When will Wolfram Alpha be available for public shareholders?

Posted by david June 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm


this is a good project , fortunally good finish.

Posted by Burak Beliktay June 2, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Why isn’t WA all things to all people?

Posted by Sterling James June 2, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I just reviewed your product on my weekly NPR show.

I am the Producer of Raw Bytes Computer News for KPBX Spokane Public Radio, National Public Radio Network Affiliate.

Raw Bytes is the longest running computer show in the NPR Network, broadcasting continuously on air since 1986. This computer commentary, reviewing books, products, and trends, airs as a local cut-in during Morning Edition, NPR’s # 1 show, to an audience of business and professionals.

The KPBX 56000 watt signal broadcasts into 5 Northwestern States and into British Columbia, and also is a live internet broadcast.

I am a 30 year veteran of the PC Industry, since 1977, and a former Marketing Executive with the Xerox and Univac corporations.

From immediate listener feedback, several computer literate professionals expressed frustration at trying to get results from Wolfram Alpha, and gave up; myself included. We had all watched the overview video and looked at your examples.

It appears you have a great idea but need to fine-tune your training on how to use it. Perhaps we’re all just in a google/wikipedia mindset…..

Frank Delaney, Producer
Raw Bytes Computer News
KPBX FM 91.1 Spokane Public Radio NPR

Posted by Frank Delaney June 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I have two questions:

1) Does Wolfram Alpha have the capabilities to become smarter? Is there some AI within it that can eventually learn the answers to questions it currently does not understand?

2) What sort of information do you store, analyze, and/or make available to and of users? Do you store my personal information when I use Wolfram Alpha? How is it analyzed and for what purposes? Who do you make it available to? How anonymous am I when I use Wolfram Alpha?

Posted by Logan June 2, 2009 at 11:02 pm

The first question I asked was: Vacancy rate Chicago apartments. Sadly, this came back with no answer. I have spent nearly 40 years studying real estate investment markets. I have developed SUBSTANTIAL theoretical models (in Mathematica) and have very strong industry contacts that could connect the power of Alpha and real estate data. Real estate data is different from financial data in many ways. Sites as and are just two examples of how powerful real estate analytics and real estate data can be combined to produce very valuable information. These are restricted to residential. My interest is in real estate investment. The Wolfram Demonstration Project has a number of other illustrations under my name.

Please visit or contact me for any information you wish. I welcome the opportunity to participate and contribute.


Posted by Roger J Brown, PhD June 2, 2009 at 11:26 pm

It is intelligent and excellent for themes… but not good for the kind of questions and specially ones.. not a lot asked… so for general and not common questions (under themes)… google searching web is far better

Posted by William Matar June 3, 2009 at 12:03 am

I am a newsman looking for detailed response/analysis/searches to many questions. I do believe your system will have global impact.

Posted by Richard D Volkman June 3, 2009 at 12:11 am

Will it be able to answer questions in natural language, or should the user simply enter keywords?

Posted by Andrew Gee June 3, 2009 at 12:22 am

I like wolframAplha idea’s , but how many your crew ? and what their functions ?


Posted by ./j0rd4n14n.r1z June 3, 2009 at 12:32 am

Nice to see this interesting search technology practically.

1. Do you support any Open API (like JavaScript, REST) so that it can be integrated into applications for search features.
2. How do you update regular updates in various domains, as information will change day-by-day. Of course formulas mayn’t change.
3. Are planning to go beyond this concept like searching based on context aware, etc
4. Is any plan for integrate with Google Search Engine to take advantage of that technology

Posted by Deepak D Rao June 3, 2009 at 1:03 am

I am a web designer. This system will help us believe so. We wish you success

Posted by web tasar?m June 3, 2009 at 1:17 am


Posted by aboufadwa June 3, 2009 at 1:25 am

Will be there a Russian W|A? I know it will have a greater audience!
If so, are you going to attract Russian-speaking W|A followers :) ?
I would like to be a member of your team.

Posted by Evgeniy Beloshytskiy June 3, 2009 at 1:31 am

I am sure you all will have more input and suggestions than you can shake a stick at, but I was wondering if it would be possible to find a way to calculate nutritional facts such as calories in various ingredients of a recipe. One of the things I find most tedious about calculating nutrional information of a recipe is having to look up every ingredient’s information and calculate accordingly.

Posted by Mr. Jud June 3, 2009 at 1:46 am

How are you going to deal with questions that are of very sensitive nature especially religious and political issues that are still in dispute between nations?

Posted by Mike Dawoud June 3, 2009 at 1:54 am

i understand that nobody was born knowing how to speak, so that i feel we need to go ahead step by step with wolfram.
good luck.

Posted by jose June 3, 2009 at 2:12 am

When will you add support for other languages such as arabic

Posted by abdullah June 3, 2009 at 2:22 am

* I’m missing data addressing climate change issues. There is very few data about this. Ie. china is missing if you ask for carbon emissions, even its the biggest polluter in absolute numbers. Questions like “country greenhouse gas emissions divided by country inhabitants” for getting relative numbers fails completely.

* there seems to be no “count” keyword. Inputs like “count countries” fails.

* There is also missing a huge amount of data that is readily available in structured semantic databases like freebase. What are the plans to import and sync. those datasets?

Posted by MovGP0 June 3, 2009 at 2:46 am

I heard that there are many benefits of wolfram compared to other search engines, can you give us some improvements or new products made by wolfram which allows us to choose this new search engine

Posted by Laari Miloud June 3, 2009 at 3:17 am

There is an ultimate assumption that saved historical search data can be RECYCLED and TWEAKED to answer any new search query BUT we all have this hole which is by far the reason why no one can EASILY discover the INTENTIONAL search of a defined query VS another intentional query by other persons for the same search query.

Let me know how would you like to solve the Intent Search and respond easily to the psychometric of a searcher behavior?

Thanks guys and keep on going.

Elias Kai,

Posted by Elias Kai June 3, 2009 at 3:21 am

When Wolfram Will understand Russian (Ukrainian) language?

Posted by Kostia June 3, 2009 at 3:25 am

Congratulations on the great work you’ve done so far!

Now, my question…

The world-wide press coverage of the release of W|A put quite a lot of emphasis on the usage of NLP (Natural Language Processing) techniques for dealing with the input.

However, results for linguistically basic queries like ‘who was peron?’ or ‘how long is a day in mars?’ suggest that interrogatives (who, how long) are not being processed for filtering the answers.

Is the treatment of the input keywords-based (like in Google, etc.)? In that case, why was NLP so emphatically mentioned in the pre-release briefings for the press?

Keep at it and congrats again!

Posted by Brian June 3, 2009 at 3:28 am

will there ever be the chance that WolframAlpha is enabled to answer a simple question from the field of historical sciences perhaps connected with european classical litterature like: “did Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ever meet Napoléon Bonaparte ?”

Posted by Jörg Schleicher June 3, 2009 at 3:36 am

    If they somehow got hold of all the books and scan them in then I would such a thing would be possible. Then build an ability into Wolfram Alpha scan and pin point bits that answer the question.

    It probably a pretty complicated task to achieve but I would guest to achieve there ultimate aim of the project as it currently stated, it would have to be a task Wolfram Alpha would eventually have to take on.

    Perhaps it possible avenue for future calloboration between Google with is library of scan books and texts and Wolfram Alpha with it technology.
    Is such a thing possible in the future.

    Posted by David June 4, 2009 at 12:24 am

Will you ever improve your answers to requests about people, history and things average people want to know or will you go on with your current strategy of making it a search engine for mathematicians?

Posted by eMatt June 3, 2009 at 3:51 am

I am a Bangladeshi. How long it will take to use your site in Bangla.We are ready to help you in this regard if required.Keep going and best of luck.


Posted by Mohammad Mustafa Bin Abdullah June 3, 2009 at 3:52 am

When will you add support for other languages such as Arabic ?

Posted by Abdelhadi June 3, 2009 at 3:59 am

Why is everything in British Imperial units? Even temperatures in weather forecasts are in Fahrenheit. When there is a button to show metric, it is virtually useless. You have to click each item individually. Surely this site is meant to be most useful to engineers. Don’t engineers all over the world use metric?

Entering place names seems to assume that you are in the USA. As it will default to an American town, if one exists with that name, even when there is a more obvious location in the world to default to.

Maybe you could obtain country information from the user’s IP address and localise the output accordingly.

Date format conversions include all sorts of formats, including star signs!; but you don’t show dates in ISO format. This is also the most unambiguous format: 2009-06-03 is clear to everyone.

Posted by Martin June 3, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Hey Martin, I don’t know but with me most of what you miss works.

    If enter e.g. “georgetown vs. stuttgart” it doesn’t answer with a comparison about georgetown in Canada, Texas, Kentucky or Georgia but with the one in Guyana since that one obviously is the biggest town named like that. The same holds true for Stuttgart where it doesn’t show the Stuttgart in Arkansas but the one in Germany.

    If I enter “weather stuttgart” it shows the temperature in Celsius instead of Fahrenheit. The same holds true if I enter “weather new york”, so obviously it tracks down that I’m located in Germany and doesn’t assume that I’m American, only because I wanna know the weather in NY.

    Posted by eMatt June 4, 2009 at 5:37 am

Do you plan to add support for Russian language?

Posted by Marshalov Oleg June 3, 2009 at 4:16 am

Is there any way to invest in Wolfram Alpha?

Posted by John Bremner June 3, 2009 at 4:22 am

So far i am very much impressed with the result provided by wolfram alpha, being a part of online community i would like to know that are you people planning to start advertising platform same as google adword and adsense in near future?
i would like to know search engine rankings guidelines which will help us to make website search engine friendly as per your algorithms.

Posted by elearning June 3, 2009 at 4:25 am

i would like to listen to live webcast of stephen wolfram
i stay in India(mumbai), can anyone tell me the time IST, i can listen to webcast.

Rajesh Mergu.

Posted by Rajesh Mergu June 3, 2009 at 4:26 am

how do you determine the value of a source of information on a subject, dutch gdp (parity 2007) = $687.5 – €559.9 according to WolframAlpha, $658.4 billion according to the [url=] CIA [/url] €567,1 [url=,9,11,13-15&D2=0&D3=0,(l-3)-l&LA=EN&VW=T] though according to the dutch bureau of statistics [/url] do you chose a source, take the average etc?

Posted by M v.d. Aar June 3, 2009 at 4:30 am

good project

Posted by ibrahim June 3, 2009 at 4:55 am

Will you publish a scientific paper about the technology behind this?

Posted by RH June 3, 2009 at 5:07 am

a search for “Wales” shows the country of wales being a town inside the UK – This is very inaccurate!!!

Posted by SAP Jobs June 3, 2009 at 5:18 am

Why don’t have web search engine ?

Posted by June 3, 2009 at 5:22 am

I am always on the internet as the nature of my business reuires that I keep exploring the internet for travel news and other related matters and I have witnessed that in the old system there are many repetitions of the smae news item which is truely time and effort consuming and have to fit new pair of glasses for that and actually you become completely bored and lose interest within a very short period of time.
What difference will your system bring to me?

Posted by 'Ibrahim Al-Rida' Al-Tirhi June 3, 2009 at 5:24 am

Congrats from Romania! I think your project is impressive and I even see a Nobel prize coming soon. At the same time with wolphram alpha I found out about Mathematica and even if I was never a fan of mathematics or other exact sciences, I can say that Mathematica opened up Pandora’s box for me and now I’m suddenly very interested in these subjects (I’m a frequent reader of your blog and your website).
At the same time I was wondering what is your business model? I have a background in business and I would be very honoured to work with you in the future. Are you interested in going to the Romanian market? I can assure you there is a lot of interest here about wolphram|alpha.

Posted by Laurentiu Prodan June 3, 2009 at 5:36 am

Where we could find information about the operator that we could use to put compound queries?
I like WA very much.

Posted by Orleo Marinaro June 3, 2009 at 5:37 am

I like to trace the daily carbon dioxide concentration, but I don’t know how.

Posted by Orleo Marinaro June 3, 2009 at 5:42 am

I am really impressed with the output . I would have loved to get some output in life science domain .
For example if I search “EGFR” I get a nice output primarily from NCBI . What would make a nice impact if I get to see some latest scientific publication for the searched gene .

Posted by Lokanath June 3, 2009 at 5:49 am

Well in Mathematica – I’m missing some few things like functions. Either I don’t know how to enter it or it still needs some working in it.
The project you’re working on has some info that need to be updated constantly, because lots of information that you’ve got is pretty much old and the world we live in is updating itself every day, every hour, every second.. Though, I don’t say that you should update it so constantly, but you could make updates at least every 3-4 months, because some of the information is few years old..
You could make some team for doing so.
Also if you will not sell this project to Google or other big company (I surely hope so) you could start thinking about integrating your project to another countries as I live in Lithuania and for me it’s quite hard to make questions in English for WolframAlpha, to get correct answers, though I’m getting used to it by now. Of course – these are very big plans, but it would be quite fun to see you as a big rival to Google. :D
And don’t worry about Google’s new project – I think it’s a waste of time, since your project has a lot more perspectives as it gives information that you’re looking for and not a big list of what to choose.

Posted by Eimantas June 3, 2009 at 6:06 am

Hi, this is a great service but apparently the comment that I posted about a month ago never appeared anywhere and was not answered.

Here is the comment again.

Why is the Iranian Solar Calendar which is more accurate than the Gregorian, Islamic, Jewish and Chinese calendars does not appear in the list of formats/calendars? In fact if I input “Iranian calendar” the search engine says, “Wolfram|Alpha isn’t sure what to do with your input.” Since Wolfram Alpha is a scientifically oriented site it should include the most accurate and scientific calendar in its list.

Posted by Nader June 3, 2009 at 6:07 am

Are there any plans to add further mathematical “abilities” on W|A? Such as the ability to solve more types of differential equations, or calculating double limits etc…

Posted by Kostas June 3, 2009 at 6:09 am

When are you going to work on WA Community. You say feedback it’s important, so this part of the website should be important as well, but it really lacks some functions and it has some bugs (see ). It’s really easy to fix all this and to put some more functions in it (Eg. searching for your own submits), why don’t you do that?

Posted by Glas Melk June 3, 2009 at 6:36 am

Will it speak??

Posted by Mirko Radak June 3, 2009 at 6:40 am

Gave lots of feedback (tens of comments at a guess – in the finest tradition of arrogant websites there’s no way to see what I said until unless you deign to reply) in the first few days. Not a word received in response, not even “Thanks for your comments but it may take us until XXXX to reply”. I won’t be logging in to see answers to the questions you want to answer. Until there’s any sensible response, you’ve lost any interest I had in the project. My overall impression was that there was plenty of clever stuff, but also some gaping holes in terms of fairly obvius things that could be done better. There were also some really poor aspects of the User Interface – things like expanding an initial answer list to a complete one.

Posted by Peter Biddlecombe June 3, 2009 at 6:51 am


Posted by nagendra Prasad June 3, 2009 at 7:02 am

its shit!

Posted by rowan June 3, 2009 at 7:07 am

add frensh plz and congratulation

Posted by reda June 3, 2009 at 7:08 am

i am waiting for key..??
when .. i got it ,,

Posted by prashant bissa June 3, 2009 at 7:14 am

Good work

Couldn’t get answer for simple question: what is love
maybe no one knows the answer:)
Will be able to answer such soft questions in future?

Posted by Yuij June 3, 2009 at 7:24 am

Why are you presenting results as images? Impossible to cut and paste, and for seeing-impaired people to read. I realize this might be necessary for equations, but general text should be text!

Posted by SMD June 3, 2009 at 7:36 am

On June 2nd Jesus de Rio asked: “When will you add support for other languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, German etc?” I would be supremely grateful if you would also add Yiddish to that mix of languages!

Yours faithfully,

Al Grand

Posted by Al Grand June 3, 2009 at 7:38 am

I would really like to see a more diverse set of measurement units to use. Some unit conversion queries bring up useful measurements for comparison; for example, searching “100 meters” brings up comparisons to the length of a football field and the height of the world’s tallest tree.

Do you intend to allow users to use these offbeat units of measure in their queries? I would love to be able to compare a decibel measurement to the volume of an average chainsaw or a typical rock concert. I think this feature would make some measurements much easier for people to comprehend.

Posted by Evan Kroske June 3, 2009 at 7:39 am

is going to online? or @ a live stadium to talk face to face? WERE IS IT GOING TO BE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Posted by josiah moreland June 3, 2009 at 7:42 am

hello every body im living in afghanistan could any one please tell me the broadcasting time according to my country,

my mail is

Thank you

Posted by shahpuor June 3, 2009 at 7:44 am

Does Wolfram’s expansion plan prioritize going deeper or broader in terms of data categories? What data partnerships is Wolfram looking for, if any?

Posted by Georgene Huang June 3, 2009 at 7:47 am

wonderful project

Posted by harun June 3, 2009 at 7:47 am

when simple-chinese will be used in wolfram

Posted by jeffry June 3, 2009 at 8:11 am

I would like to participate in the webcast, thanks. I think WolframAlpha is great and the future is open to it. WWW misses such shift in researching and resources. It would be great if it supports different languages worldwide. Looking towards WFP future updates. Thanks, Stephen

Posted by Eloumri June 3, 2009 at 8:16 am

When Wolfram Will understand Vietnamese language?

Posted by hanguyenhoang June 3, 2009 at 8:21 am

Here’s a report on WA on a website sponsored by Newt Gingrich.

Posted by Kirk Fraser June 3, 2009 at 8:21 am

I enjoy using WolframAlpha very much, but there was quite a learning curve. In biology searches the common name of animals are not included like in searches for “Fastest land animal”, however when searching on the common name “cheetah” I can obtain the same results. I’ve had a few issues with formulating queries for instance I have no idea how to formulate a query to convert n km per liter to gallons per 100 miles. I also haven’t figured out how to plot overlapping graphs for two different equations

Posted by Jasper S June 3, 2009 at 8:23 am

When will you have mutual funds added, e.g, txn dgit shows all financial info about these stocks, however, amanx or amagx doesn’t show anything, these are two mutual funds, Amana Growth and Amana Income fund.

Posted by Fuad June 3, 2009 at 8:24 am

Actually it’s a great service , and of course ,one of the greatset thing about it is that ,it is for FREE
so my question is,
are there any plans to add any kind of charges to this service?
and my other question is ,
what is to be next?

Posted by Mohammed Hatata June 3, 2009 at 8:39 am

good luck and happey nice work we need from the wolfram is number one
in the world
and please if you can use the servers steps

Posted by mohammed shami June 3, 2009 at 8:40 am

When will alpha surpport metrics like M3 or man or off balance sheet figures from the federal Reserve?

Some of these numbers have to be derrived, but most of this is free at federalreserve.Gov/ releases

Posted by Andrew June 3, 2009 at 8:40 am

As expected, there is a learning curve to know how best to make an inquiry. As one gets better at that, the results improve dramatically. This is like Google for the scientifically minded.

Posted by Ken Barnes June 3, 2009 at 8:48 am

¿Tiene previsto Wolfram incorporar una fase con idioma español? sería muy útil para todos los hispanoparlantes del mundo. A mi la falta de esa posibilidad me dificulta aprovechar todas las posibilidades que ofrece WolframAlpha. Gracias

Posted by Maby June 3, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Es cierto lo que comenta Maby, creo que una version en Español, beneficiaria mucho a los usuarios y al propio buscador…..
    Saludos y Gracias.

    Posted by Guille June 3, 2009 at 10:10 am

      Adhiero, queremos la versión en español, uno de los mercados emergentes con mejores perspectivas.

      Posted by Donalimento June 3, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Aprendan Ingles palurdos.

    Posted by El Diablo Mismo June 3, 2009 at 10:13 am


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Warm Regards Team

Posted by marie June 3, 2009 at 8:50 am

good performans, good desing , good job

but lucky is not breakable

Posted by cumhur cebeci June 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

Me uno a los comentarios de los compañeros Hispano Hablantes con respecto a preguntar si es que tienen planteado en un futuro incluir este idioma en una versión de Wolfram Alpha.

Pienso que siendo el segundo idioma en importancia en Estados Unidos, y la vecindad con México son buenas razones para considerar esta posibilidad.

Sigan así, pues este proyecto es actualmente el mas ambicioso e importante en la Web.

Posted by Prack Hernandez June 3, 2009 at 9:00 am

Me uno a los pedidos de versión en español. Adelante!

Posted by Clara Nielsen June 3, 2009 at 9:43 am

I’m so exiting with the job you did. It’s treally artificial inteligence this will teh revolution of the internet and you do the first steep.

What can i say.. you did it

Posted by Cris June 3, 2009 at 9:44 am

Creo que esta herramienta en idioma Español es más que necesaria. Teniendo en cuenta el tipo de proyecto que se esta encarando, no puede quedar afuera la comunidad hispano parlante. Exitos y espero que tengan en cuanta los pedidos de la comunidad de habla hispana

Posted by LAILA June 3, 2009 at 9:44 am


“Wolfram’s Terms of Use are not at all what I would expect from a search engine, probably because that isn’t exactly what Wolfram|Alpha is providing. It’s a computational service, at least in some cases providing computational output from various sources of data that perhaps never existed until you asked your question. So, they claim copyright on the results and require attribution. That’s fine with me, so long as the information provided really is uniquely theirs and not just the answer to what is meaning of life and everything, but it is different from what I’m used to from Google and other search engines, so it is counter-intuitive, something to be aware of before I include Wolfram|Alpha output in a presentation on Groklaw or in a book.”

Posted by jim June 3, 2009 at 10:14 am

Ho poca dimestichezza con la lingua inglese avendo un inglese scolastico. Mi interessano moltissimo le nività della rete come il vostro nuovo motore di ricercca .Saluti

Posted by Mauro June 3, 2009 at 10:22 am

Me uno a los comentarios de los compañeros hispanos,,, necesitamos que este importante proyecto lo disfrutemos en español

Posted by ferneyh June 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

Wolfram is complicate at this moment, I hope that this tool would be more easy to use for us in the short term Tks.

Posted by Fernando June 3, 2009 at 10:32 am

Well, approximately one month go by. however, as for me, i really seldom to use website with high zest as i expected before its initiating. This mainly due to few information will be got when i dirve it. Still, many people definitely don’t know how to face it while they’re involing problems. Totally, i don’t think the website presents a specific objective or poses a barrier at some extent caused by complicated techniques. Then, the conveniential intruduction need to delivery for the massive. This is critical, subsequently.

Posted by Yao Song June 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

Seria muy interesante la versión en español

Posted by Pedro June 3, 2009 at 10:40 am



Posted by MARY CARMEN June 3, 2009 at 10:50 am

nih barang bagus buat nyari nyari yang komplit

Posted by togog June 3, 2009 at 10:51 am is blocked by my firm. Would you have another site that I can watch the webcast on June 4? Thank you.

Posted by V June 3, 2009 at 10:57 am

Ya lo manifesté cuando tomé nota de la iniciativa y se estaba por presentar Wolfram Alpha, seria utilisimo la version en español.-
Muy amables

Posted by jorge etchepare June 3, 2009 at 11:11 am

I’m really excited about opportunity Wolfram Alpha presents to the Internet. When I first used the site it didn’t recognize nearly any of my queries. For example, I typed average GMAT score and it associated GMAT with transportation instead of a standardized test. I thought this was exceptionally odd because it had the clue word of score. Is the team addressing commonly used acronyms.

Posted by Yofrez June 3, 2009 at 11:15 am

Is there any plans to make wolframalpha more of social network as well in order to aid in wide scale collaborative projects that may use many people doing different calculations in the program?

Posted by TransAlchemy June 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

I wait the spanish version too. Congratulations for the project.-

Posted by Raul June 3, 2009 at 11:23 am

With the development of IBM’s watson where do you see the future of wolframalpha headed?

Posted by TransAlchemy June 3, 2009 at 11:34 am

Do you think that wolframalpha will ever scalable enough to one day go out into the internet and seek out the information we need or will it always have to have its own database of information?

Posted by TransAlchemy June 3, 2009 at 11:36 am

Cuando se hace una busqueda en español en la web de prueba, lanza un mensaje indicando que AUN no está en español.
Supongo que quiere decir que el idioma está contemplado para las búsquedas. Solo será cuestión de aguardar su momento.
Sería interesante además que la interfaz también estuviera disponible en español.
Evidentemente todos estamos ansiosos por estos temas.

When you search on a Spanish on the test-web, launches a message that still is not in Spanish.
I guess that means the language is referred to the searches. It will only be a matter of wait time.
It would be interesting also that the interface is also available in Spanish.
Obviously we are all anxious for these items. (google translate)

Posted by Dax June 3, 2009 at 11:39 am

The information will be translated into Spanish?


Posted by Julio June 3, 2009 at 11:51 am

Congratulations! almost a month gone by now, I’ve few questions here. Why is it that I get ‘Wolfram|Alpha isn’t sure what to do with your input’ for simple queries like CMOS?
Don’t have more for the time being. Just a congratulations to the team once more.

Posted by Ganesh Thapa June 3, 2009 at 11:51 am

Provo anch’io a scrivere nella mia lingua madre.
Questo motore fornisce informazioni mediante strumenti matematici, come i grafici. E’ possibile operare su questi grafici, variando l’unità di misura o aggiungendo rappresentazione di altre funzioni?

Posted by Stefania June 3, 2009 at 12:17 pm

What are the future development already in the pipeline?
I.E. Ability to drill down and manipulate results and data if accesssing WA from Mathematica.

Posted by Tommaso Boralevi June 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Like everyone here I am very impressed with what you have achieved to date. I wish you would add travel to your knowledge domains. I find it rather silly that you can say where the ISS is at present, but can’t provide flight tracking for a domestic US aircraft or simply tell me what time the next Amtrak service is to Chicago (from my local station – auto determined of course). 1-800-USA-RAIL already does a good job of this, so you would think importing the knowledge into the Wolfram system would not be that hard. Congratulations once again on a great start….

Regards, Dan

Posted by Dan June 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm

What is the business model of WA? Have you already identified revenue streams?

Posted by Tommaso Boralevi June 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Me encantaría fuera en español tb.- sin dudas tendrá muchísimo éxito!!!

Posted by Guillermina Overman June 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm

çok ?ahane dü?ünülmü? bir site olmu?

Posted by bypanik June 3, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Mucho agradeceré la versión Wolfram/Alpha en Español.

Posted by Alejandra June 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Me gustaría que haya busqueda en español, Espero que pronto este gran proyecto lo encontremos en español. gracias.

Posted by david June 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Me uno a la petición de mis compañeros hispano-hablantes, de todas maneras, sería muy extraño que un proyecto tan ambicioso se limite solamente al inglés, y si asi fuera creo que perderían mucho al menospreciar a una fraccion tan importante de potenciales usuarios como la gente que hablamos español.

Excelente trabajo, saludos.

Posted by Robinso June 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm

A spanish version would be amazing. It’s a challenge also. Viva la comunidad latinoamericana hispano parlante!!!!

Posted by Carlos Pacheco Hull June 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm

WAlpha, given its Mathematica base and the connotations of the phrase ‘computational knowledge engine’, should be able to

1) Solve boolean equations, resulting in parametric solutions for each variable in question. Also show eliminants and consistency conditions. Also, should be able to rewrite boolean equations in terms of one of the selected variables, whenever possible.

2) Provide algorithms for simple processes, such as obtaining the square root of a number.

3) Display proofs for well-known theorems.

4) Show alternative constructions for various mathematical objects, e.g. integers.

5) Understand what a ‘minimal programming language’ is, and display an example when requested.

Display something in response to:

Minimum unit of time

Cell division

How many electrons are in the universe?

There are lots of other examples, but this is a start.

Posted by FactExplorer June 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm

please teach TheWolf something about CropCircles! (when and where they’ve Arrived, an aerial foto of each referred to, books/research papers written, websites carrying info on them. i asked TheWolf “england crop circles 2009″, and it reported how many (some 380,000) sqmi of crop (were under cultivation, i presume), then adds ‘circle’, as tho it were pleased with itself!
i’d be happy to serve as tutor …

Posted by ilyes June 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Hello. Thanks for very useful products created by you at first would be desirable to tell. Itself I use package Mathematica.
Whether tell please russification of resource is planned in the future.

Posted by Max June 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm

estoy de acuerdo con mis compañeros hispanos que el proyecto Wolfram/Alpha incluyan también en versión español… MUCHAS GRACIAS!

Posted by Marco (Py.) June 3, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Thanks for your impressive dream! I myself left some comments during my searches, I do not know if they can be of any use or they’re going to be answred: I’ll keep on watching you…your project is far too exciting not to be of interest! I live in Italy, and here unfortunately we are a still a long way behind other nations for broadband penetration and abilty to use a PC not to mention the Internet in a clever way, as a source to keep on developing your knowledge. I fight my battle as a teacher of English to develop my students’ awareness of the importance of being able to find and handle reliable info. I fight against colleagues who still believe to be untouchable holy sources of knowledge and who barely know how to switch on a PC. I’m particularly interested in your Language section (my question was how to look for compound words, i.e. “*board” “*ware”) Internet (up to date data about interenet usage in different countries), but all your project is simply terrific. I do not know yet if I I’ll be able to join you tomorrow, I hope I will. Thanks for all you’ve done so far and GOOD LUCK!

Posted by marcella marcelli June 3, 2009 at 2:45 pm

When a Spanish version gets availability, we’ll make a big mess of Mexican, Argies, Peruvians, Honduran, Uruguayan, because we all talk the languagge of Don Quixote.
What about Asians? They don’t know any Spanish, but they do know some English. What about Semitic languagges with no vowels? (Arabs) Hebrew speaking people all know English.
Unfortunately (other alphabet than Latin should be devised, with five differently written “a”‘s, as sounds there are for it) English is becoming the universal language, and its nasty problem is that uses for the written the wrong alphabet. The same for French; worse, being a Romance tongue, if you want to say “rua” then why write “roi”? Only Italian and Spanish are “Mathematical Languages” Few simple rules are kept and anybody knowing them can master the abism (for others) Written/Spoken forms.

Posted by Alex June 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm

I’ve heard that 4 years ago Wolfram Research and a company called Unwiredtec signed an agreement on a new programme Wolfram Tones. This online programme was supposed to generate various tunes for mobile phones. It was free, but if a user wanted to download the tune, he had to pay $1.99.

I know that Stephen Wolfram was very, very excited about the programme. But very soon it turned out that users didn’t want to pay. They enjoyed the service, they generated tunes, but they didn’t like the quality and didn’t pay for the tunes (or simply downloaded them to their hard drives and then — to the phone for free).

The service was closed down soon after the launch. Steven Wolfram allegedly said that “the service, which was developed by technicians, simply can’t be popular among the majority of internet users”.

Could you please comment on this?
Wolfram|Alpha is developed by technicians, does it mean that it can’t be popular among the majority of internet users?
Thank you in advance.

The source (into Russian, you may use Google Translate):

Posted by Alyona Yermilova, Igromania editor June 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I think the world’s best search engine Wolfram alpha olacilecek capacity, but need some time

Posted by omer can altin June 3, 2009 at 3:02 pm

It would surely help to have the spanish version, this way you will really catch many more visits that now go through google or yahoo or even msn. And I also want to know how will it perform on safari, firefox and netscape.

Posted by jose June 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I think Wolfram is the future. Eventually it will erase Google and its simillar competetive.

Posted by Zacque Khan June 3, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Dear all,
I was wondering if there is a more complex syntax for queries that can allow to have better access to the structure of the data, in order to perform more interesting cross correlations.
Can I suggest to create a tutorial about complex syntax for queries? For example I just discovered that I can have a residue calculated just by using Mathematica syntax for it, so I was thinking: ‘there must be a lot of potential that I don’t know how to use’
Thank you and so far you did a terrific job!

Posted by Filippo Miatto June 3, 2009 at 3:59 pm

How many users are returning successful queries on a single day.

Posted by TransAlchemy June 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Creo que es impresindible contar con el idioma español para un servicio más amplio

Posted by oscarb June 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm


Posted by LUIS June 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm


Posted by LUIS June 3, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I hope we can use this technology as soon as possible,i just cannot wait,thank you for work anyway.

    Posted by chounan11 June 4, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Las ciencias y tecnologias SON EN INGLES.
    No hay interes de usar una lengua mas compleja en este caso.

    Ponetelo en la cabeza:las ciencias son en ingles(y eventualmente ruso)


    PD:con tu espanol no llegariamos muy lejos.Has leido lo que has escrito y como?

    Posted by krasnopolsky June 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

prove 1/2 base of a triangle * height of a triangle = area of any triangle

Wolfram|Alpha isn’t sure what to do with your input


Posted by jim June 3, 2009 at 4:31 pm

The long road to the democratization of technology is only simple when people intend it to be.

Thanks, for your efforts. But more important to us all — thank you for your intentions. They are what really define the use of technology.

And to all the business minded concerns. This is not a soft issue. To those who look deeper, this is about our most critical and positive instinct to survive and live with integrity.

Salvatore Rasa

Posted by salvatore rasa June 3, 2009 at 4:32 pm

A couple of small things:

1. Inputting 6 May 1946 resulted in a page which said that an “observance” for that day was the May Bank Holiday (UK). But there wasn’t such a holiday in 1946. This is a recent introduction.

2. In the Physics section it didn’t recognise the question ” What is Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle?” or even Heisenberg. Odd.

Posted by Robert Anderson June 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Seems lots of chatter so far…
When do i get to drive ?

Posted by w english June 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm

How could you get England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so completely and utterly wrong? They are the 4 main countries that are united in the United Kingdom. England is not the same as the UK. Scotland still exists. The most important Wales is not the town of 6000 people near Rotherham, and as for Northern Ireland “Wolfram|Alpha isn’t sure what to do with your input.”

You manage to get the US states perfectly – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are pretty much the same thing, but for the UK.

Posted by Robert (Jamie) Munro June 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Yes, apart the Rolling Stones.

    Posted by krasnopolsky June 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Cuando estara disponible para todos en Chinese, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian ?
Buena Suerte
Wann man für alle auf spanisch vorhanden ist, chinesisch, Franzosen, Italiener, Portugiese, russisch?
Viel Glueck
Quand être accessible pour tous en Spanish, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian ?
Bonne Chance
Quando essere accessibile per tutti in spagnolo, cinese, German, francese, Portoghese, russo?
Buona fortuna
Quando ser acessível para tudo em espanhol, chinês, German, francês, italiano, russo?
Boa sorte
????? ???? ???????? ??? ???? ? ?????????, ????????, ???????, ?????????, ?????????? ?

Posted by Li Zhang Whang June 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm

volfram alphan?n türkçesi yokmu akada?lar ?

Posted by user June 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm

W|A query read my full name as three surnames. I’m assuming this is due to an inherent comparison assumption. Interesting stats on names by ethnicity. (However, the cell descriptors do not render well – consider a vertical alignment of text when wrapping produces 1 digit per row.) In the bottom right section of the results page, user is offered chance to search the web on the phrase – and it takes a user directly to Google. I would recommend you update the parameters being passed to perform an exact match on phrase by including “[phrase]“. And in queries where the phrase is a domain, bypass sending to a search engine altogether and take user directly to the specified URL.

Posted by Sam June 3, 2009 at 6:40 pm

El idioma español va a ser sencillamente imprescindible para su futuro éxito en el mundo , su proyecto debe ser global. Un saludo. Vicente

Posted by vycem June 3, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Mi querido amigo,teoricamente tienes razon.

    Posted by krasnopolsky June 4, 2009 at 1:31 pm

      Si no sabemos decir cosas inteligentes, mejor no digamos nada. Una persona que medio sabe de computadores y algunas aplicaciones no es quien para hablar de ciencia, lenguaje y educación. Con comentarios como el de: “el lenguaje de la ciencia es el ingles”, solo demuestran su ignorancia y nos causan a todos los hispanohablantes vergüenza ajena.

      La verdad, pienso que el lenguaje de las ciencias exactas es la matemática y eventualmente para personas con un nivel alto en estudios de ciencias e ingeniería el ingles no es un mito y es muy importante para el desarrollo actual en cualquier campo. Sin embargo, hay otras ciencias y áreas del conocimiento (como la filosofía), donde las traducciones pobres que ofrece el ingles no son suficientes. Así que eso justifica la importancia de no ser arrogantes y decir que el lenguaje de la ciencia es el ingles (me parece que ese comentario es de personas con un nivel de conocimiento muy superficial y sin ningún fundamento para hablar de ciencia. Tal vez saco su definición de ciencia de algún manual para dummies o Mario Unge en su defecto). Por otro lado, estamos encarando una tecnología que esta enfocada a todas las personas, sobre todo quienes no saben como buscar información de calidad en la red. Aquellos que estamos empapados de temas específicos, sabemos donde encontrar información de calidad, pero para la persona del común o que se esta educando es muy importante un buscador de calidad que este a su disposición y en su lenguaje natural. Nadie nació aprendido y es un camino que todos seguimos constantemente. Por favor no seamos ignorantes respecto al conocimiento y sus procesos. Te recomiendo Habermas o Foucault…. O que por lo menos empieces a leer algo diferente de las noticias del messenger y el facebook… O mas bien, que empieces a estudiar una carrera, no sigas desperdiciando tu evolución, el conocimiento real te espera. Me alegra que empiecen con un desarrollo como este ya que personas ignorantes como tu, podrán tener acceso a información de calidad que les evitara vergüenzas como esta en un futuro. Recuerda, el Internet esta lleno de basura, sacala de tu cabeza y llenala con conocimiento real.

      Posted by Felipe Alejandro June 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm


Posted by JOSE ABRIL June 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm

I have a one man fabulous website which gets high praise from some of the top writers and librarians in the world but has never been well served by search engines. What would yours do?

Posted by allan armstrong June 3, 2009 at 7:16 pm

i am a chinese, so i can not express me clearly.


Posted by pan June 3, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Can u speak in chinese?

Posted by xlion June 3, 2009 at 9:05 pm

What is the load capacity at any given time in terms of amount of users?

Posted by TransAlchemy June 3, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Are there any plans to open source its data banks creating a data pool similar to wikipedia therefore increasing its ability to compute knowledge?

Posted by TransAlchemy June 3, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Would you make your stats live to the net?

Posted by TransAlchemy June 3, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Wolfram Alpha Team

In Uruguay, for the past eight years and from the private sphere, we have promoted the use of telework as a way to generate employment and reduce migration. Here we teach using Internet as a tool for work and education.

In this context, we learned to use Wolfram Alpha last week and began to teach how to use it. The first conclusions are:

1. It is a very useful tool for education in primary and secondary schools, in subjects like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Music, and Finance.

2. It is a very useful option when looking for information that includes numerical data or comparisons between numerical data.

3. Yet it is useful to find information that does not include numerical data. In such cases, the information generated is incomplete or nonexistent. For example, the search for “telework” word produces incorrect results.

4. Yet it is useful to look for information in languages other than English. For example, the search for “teletrabajo” word (in Spanish) does not produce results.

5. Yet it is not advisable to compare search engines like Google or Yahoo with Alpha Wolfram because Google or Yahoo have built their databases for over 10 years of surfing Internet. Wolfram Alpha is a new tool, complementary to existing ones.

6. The learning curve of Wolfram Alpha is high compared with the learning curve of Google or Yahoo. Because Google and Yahoo are “search engines for information”, while Wolfram Alpha aims to be a “knowledge search engine “. Information and knowledge are different levels of abstraction. Conceptual, temporal and technologically is more complex construct, classify and search in knowledge bases that in information bases.

Note: With regard to point 1 it is worth remembering that Uruguay will be in 2009, the first country in the world in which all students and teachers of primary schools have an OLPC laptop (here known as Plan Ceibal).

Best regards

Wilson Santurio, Montevideo, Uruguay

Posted by Wilson Santurio June 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I can see it doing the computations just fine. But , what do you think about putting the steps in place as well. Don’t you think providing steps on how the computation was done would be more handy so that we can also use our brain for similar problems next time, or to advance it out for future. If, I only get the result, that is just making us useless. What do you think about detail steps on the problems solved as an option during computational search.

Posted by Anonymous June 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Wolfram Alpha Team

En Uruguay, durante los últimos ocho años y desde el ámbito privado, hemos promovido el uso del teletrabajo como un modo de generar trabajo y disminuir la emigración. Aquí enseñamos a usar Internet como herramienta de trabajo y educación.

En este contexto, ya aprendimos a usar Wolfram Alpha y ya la semana pasada comenzamos a enseñar como usarlo. Las primeras conclusiones son:

1. Es una herramienta educativa muy útil en la escuela primaria y secundaria, en materias como Matemáticas, Física, Química, Geografía, Música y Finanzas.

2. Es una opción muy útil cuando la información que buscamos incluye datos numéricos o comparaciones entre datos numéricos.

3. Aún no es útil para buscar información general que no incluye datos numéricos. En esos casos la información que genera es incompleta o inexistente. Por ejemplo, la búsqueda de la palabra telework (en inglés) produce resultados incorrectos.

4. Aún no es útil para buscar información en otros idiomas que no sea el inglés. Por ejemplo, la búsqueda de la palabra teletrabajo (en español) no produce resultados.

5. Aún no es recomendable comparar Wolfram Alpha con buscadores como Google o Yahoo. Porque estos últimos tienen bases de información construidas durante más de 10 años de navegar Internet. Wolfram Alpha es una herramienta nueva, complementaria a las existentes.

6. La curva de aprendizaje de Wolfram Alpha es alta comparada con las curvas de aprendizaje de Google y Yahoo. Porque Google y Yahoo son “motores búsqueda de información” mientras que Wolfram Alpha pretende ser un “motor de búsqueda de conocimiento”. Información y Conocimiento son niveles de abstracción diferentes. Conceptual, temporal y tecnológicamente es más complejo construir, clasificar y buscar en bases de conocimiento que en bases de información.

Nota: Con respecto al punto 1 cabe recordar que, Uruguay será, en 2009, el primer país del mundo en el que todos los alumnos y maestros de la escuela primaria tengan una laptop OLPC (conocido aquí como Plan Ceibal).


Wilson Santurio, Montevideo, Uruguay

Posted by Wilson Santurio June 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm

When i do a search in wolframalpha and the results come up could the curser please stay at the end of the search word. This will greatly speed up the search process by letting the uses backspace and change the word for another rapid change to the word search.

Posted by Roddy Young June 3, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I use a search results URL to email to others in a high IQ group that I daily communicated with. For example the other day I searched WA with “Israel New Zealand” and the results compared the vital stats of the two nations. The URL let others compare and contrast the results and this supported my message to the group. Can WA do this for three country inputs?

Posted by Roddy Young June 3, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I really appreciate your effort to give the world a powerful tool for education, investigation and generally in culture. World is to wide and too old that I think it´ll take a long time before this site reaches completely its objectifs, but with the help of all users will be easier to do it. I hope all og us could give a little help to reach better reults.

Posted by Rigobrto Sanchez June 3, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I Like this Website!!!

Posted by Oliver June 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Hi xlion u know chinese??? ???????? ????

Posted by Oliver June 3, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Very much hope that you know that many Chinese. However, the net write Chinese will be the question mark(?). Therefore, it is only in English to tell you the Chinese people are now unwilling to speak Chinese! ! !

Posted by Oliver June 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Briefly put, I don’t want a “genius oracle” as much as I want a “genius lab assistant”. Most search engines seem to be designed as oracles first, with an open door for the public to come in, ask a few questions (with very little context), and then leave. The engines are moving in the direction of customizing their results for the individual user, of course, but such customization seems to be in the early stages.

In contrast, when I’m doing my research, I’d like a search system that “knows” things like the topic area, my starting knowledge, my goals (which may be months away), my usual procedures and research methodology, and my progress to date. A human lab assistant can understand such things, and it greatly affects the answers they give me. I’m willing to provide such contextual information to a search engine, but I don’t know of any search system that even has an API for defining things like “this is my topic area for today”, much less “here’s the procedure we usually follow when trying to find a protein that will yield a desired nanoscale structure”.

Are there plans for Wolfram|Alpha to have an API or other sophisticated system for carefully defining the context of my searches, or are the plans for customization still limited to the traditional approach. By “traditional approach”, I mean things like allowing the user to add some extra parameters on the individual search, and collecting some broad statistical data about the user. I realize that you’re continually trying to add better customization, I’m just wondering what model you’re using to perform such customization — oracle, lab assistant, or something else.

Posted by William Dye June 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm


How competent are you guys with the other huge serch engine’s . What are you unique at ?



Posted by Reddy June 4, 2009 at 2:22 am

wann kann ich in deutscher sprache wolframalpha lesen?

beste gruesse – johannes

Posted by johannes emmerich June 4, 2009 at 3:23 am

You have dubbed the application a ‘computational knowledge engine’. I chose to play a pseudo-Godelian game and asked a simple quasi self referential question. The dialog follows

Question: what is a ‘computational knowledge engine’? Answer: Me

Next question: What is ‘me’? Answer: US state of Maine

Clearly a lot of work needs to be done at the base level – has publication been a bit hasty and premature?

Posted by Conway Mothobi June 4, 2009 at 4:37 am

Hi I would like to measure the hits to and to the articles I write – I cannot find out how to do this on Wolfram? Is there a way of tapping metrics on WA? thank you

Posted by sally ratcliffe June 4, 2009 at 4:39 am

Linguistics, appears to me you said, is the current problem. If my questions isn’t too technical, in today’s webcast please give a typical example of an unsolved problem. I ask this not as a spy please but as a friend truly interested with my unpublished arsenal on linguistic discoveries ready to blast for the sake of WA. Provided you throw me to the face the central universal and unsurpassable linguistic problem. For IT and search engine in particular, which I ignore. Yours Demo Theoktistu, physicist Athens GR

Posted by Demo June 4, 2009 at 4:44 am

My post is more of a comment than a specific question.

See my twitter website for a log of some questions I threw at Wolfram Alpha and the results.

I had expected Wolfram Alpha to provide much more of the sort of information I find at , i.e., information about mathematical objects (SO(3), SU(2), E8, etc.; “What’s the transfer function of a 1st order RC lowpass?”), theorems, and algorithms (de Casteljau algorithm, “How do i rasterize a Bézier spline?”) if I enter their name.
I would also have expected it to understand Mathematica syntax, e.g.,
NestList[{Last[#], Plus @@ ##} &, {1, 1}, 20];
Divide @@ Reverse[#] & /@ %;

But I do have a specific question:
#wolframalpha doesn’t give me Stephen Wolfram’s Erdös number. Boo.
So, what is it?

Posted by Tatzelbrumm June 4, 2009 at 6:12 am

I have a question about the Content Submission Policy, if one chooses
to participate. The policy states that when you contribute to
Wolfram|Alpha, “…you are giving it to Wolfram Alpha LLC … free and
clear, to do with anything and everything we choose. Your submission
has to include a transfer/disclaimer of all intellectual property
rights…”. This is in strong contrast to the Wolfram Demonstrations
Submissions Policy, which states the author “will retain ownership of
the copyright in the material you submit” and that Wolfram is merely
licensing the work.

The big question in my view is: if I submit Mathematica code to
Wolfram|Alpha, am I subsequently prevented from publishing that code
in an academic paper or book later?

Posted by Mark McClure June 4, 2009 at 6:37 am

Que os ocurre con el 3º idioma mundial = el español

Posted by Amado June 4, 2009 at 6:57 am

Éxitos en su iniciativa. Considero que mientras más buscadores hayan, de buena calidad, habrá más diversidad en las oportunidades de acceder a la información y al conocimiento.

Posted by Jairo June 4, 2009 at 8:30 am

Why does WolframAlpha know the 38th Mersenne Prime ( but not the 39th to the highest known 46th (

Posted by Raymond Yee June 4, 2009 at 9:37 am

What was the development time for the creation of wolframalpha?

Posted by TransAlchemy June 4, 2009 at 11:04 am

Few thins I have looked for however results have been relevant . Would like to see more engineering information .
What is the long term scope of this project?
Do you contemplate association with large publishers of technical and scientific information?

Posted by Ignacio June 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I really appreciate your effort to give the world a powerful tool for education, investigation and generally in culture. World is to wide and too old that I think it´ll take a long time before this site reaches completely its objectifs, but with the help of all users will be easier to do it. I hope all og us could give a little help to reach better reults.
I hope that the Wolfram Alpha is very good web site for the diferent people in the whole world.



Posted by alandsedu June 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Legal information appears lacking. Useful would be number of lawsuits filed in California, or in federal court etc. since fee-based services now monopolize this data. Also jury awards, and in our dreams: statistical info on human rights treaty compliance by signatories of the major conventions, that sort of thing. I am legal info specialist (law degree) at Georgetown, Wash. DC.

Posted by Marylin J. Raisch June 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I commented once that “to me it seems a perfect introduction of Chapter 13 of NKS”. Though W|A seems a perfect example of PCE, can you throw light on how or in what aspect the NKS presented in the the book has been applied to create W|A ? … or it is really the next chapter to be unveiled sometime later ?

Posted by Gaurav June 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm

How we can achieve Medical Related(Surgery,Disease) information through your search engine?


Posted by Patrick June 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

I’ve separately given feedback on a number of different problems that I encountered with Stock & Finance queries and hopefully they are being addressed separately by your staff. It would be great for users if the Feedback was an ongoing, two-way street and not just a canned response, although the questions must number in the thousands. I have three new questions.

Last night I discovered that Mathematica has a table of the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Why doesn’t W/A work with it or similar table or even work with the manually entered 30 stocks? (By the way, two of the Dow stocks will change as of Monday, 6/8/09 and Mathematica will need updating).

Why do 7 of the 30 companies have to be entered using their names rather than their symbols? AA, BA, GE, DD, HD, PG and T have to be entered with their names typed out. There should be no confusion with other symbols since I started my query— Finance BAC, CAT, JPM, AXP, etc, etc.

I entered the topic: Finance followed by all 30 stocks and W/A accepted them and started the normal computations, but then it Timed Out. Given accurate and properly formatted query data, Wolfram|Alpha should NOT be timing out after less than one minute of computation. I am sure that other users have longer and more complicated Math or other queries, than just 30 simple symbols. Will you be increasing the alloted computation time for W|A soon?

Looking forward to the next webcast later this afternoon. Thank you.

Bob D., Havertown, PA

Posted by Bob D. June 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm

La verdad, pienso que el lenguaje de las ciencias exactas es la matemática y eventualmente para personas con un nivel alto en estudios de ciencias e ingeniería el ingles no es un mito y es muy importante para el desarrollo actual en cualquier campo. Sin embargo, hay otras ciencias y áreas del conocimiento (como la filosofía), donde las traducciones pobres que ofrece el ingles no son suficientes. Así que eso justifica la importancia de no ser arrogantes y decir que el lenguaje de la ciencia es el ingles (me parece que ese comentario es de personas con un nivel de conocimiento muy superficial y sin ningún fundamento para hablar de ciencia. Tal vez saco su definición de ciencia de algún manual para dummies o Mario Unge en su defecto). Por otro lado, estamos encarando una tecnología que esta enfocada a todas las personas, sobre todo quienes no saben como buscar información de calidad en la red. Aquellos que estamos empapados de temas específicos, sabemos donde encontrar información de calidad, pero para la persona del común o que se esta educando es muy importante un buscador de calidad que este a su disposición y en su lenguaje natural. Nadie nació aprendido y es un camino que todos seguimos constantemente. Por favor no seamos ignorantes respecto al conocimiento y sus procesos. Si no sabemos decir cosas inteligentes, mejor no digamos nada. Una persona que medio sabe de computadores y algunas aplicaciones no es quien para hablar de ciencia, lenguaje y educación. Con comentarios como el del “lenguaje de la ciencia es el ingles”, solo demuestran su ignorancia y nos causan a todos los hispanohablantes vergüenza ajena

Posted by Felipe Alejandro June 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Are you trying to put all the unstructured data from the web into your engine so that we can ask questions like “who funded Twitter?” or “what type of servers does Wolfram Alpha run on?”.

Posted by dumbfounder June 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Currently your website provides a natural way for a visitor to query through arrays of data rich results. Is live data, such as detailed weather by zip code or detailed info on plane flights, for instance, within the scope of advancements to come in the future? Or will you remain on the course of providing detailed archived information? If so, are interactive 3D models and graphs within this prospect?

-Clinton C.
Twitter: @pygeek

Posted by Clinton Christian June 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Will all of those interesting usage statistics that we saw during the opening be available for the public to look at. There are many people like myself whom are deeply intrigued by statistics such as that.

Posted by T. Miller June 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

What about ethics? Are there any bankers out there.

Posted by Thomas Dean June 4, 2009 at 3:32 pm

A lot of people are having audio issues with the webcast. It is barely audible for many people using speakers. Can you turn up the volume or gain on your end?

Posted by Justin Pye June 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm

How quickly will Wolfram Alpha expand beyond its focus on scientific/technical data?

Posted by scott June 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    What do you think about Google Squared?

    Posted by lida November 30, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    its very nice and amazing.

    Posted by haber December 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Say I wanted to know the mean/average price of a vehicle or home in a particular zip code… So I ask W.A “Average price of new Honda Accord in 75006″ Are you thinking that this the type of information that W.A will eventually be able to answer? Thanks,

Posted by Cade Wright June 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    what s price of this vehicle?

    Posted by lida November 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm

When will Alpha support compound questions, where you’re really computing knowledge? Like say “Year of birth of the director of ET” or “San Francisco to London at cruise speed of a Boeing 747″.

Posted by Padraig June 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

How come that Wolfram Alpha doesn’t seem to have access to the information at

Posted by Tatzelbrumm June 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm

(At the moment, Alpha fails for most of these queries that combine several bits of knowledge, including those mentioned.)

Posted by Padraig June 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm

What do you think about Google Squared?

Posted by Milenko Vasi? June 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    what do you need google squared to solve?

    Posted by ultra June 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Do you plan on allowing features such as processing of chemical reactions at some point? Say for example: react Hydrogen and Oxygen giving the answer of water?

Posted by Ryan Jones June 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Hi all at W¦A,
do ip addresses get kept with each search [as for google] ?
if yes, do the secret services get a free look… ?
if no, well done in preserving at least some of our freedoms.

how do events get answered if there are 2 conflicting accounts of the same thing ?
[ie wtc collapse - melting point steel compared to burning temp of aviation fuel].

‘false flag [operation]‘ gave no result on search …

liked the webcast just now…

Posted by alex lipman June 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Buenas tardes amigos,
Sr. Krasnopolsky, con todo respeto le digo que su respuesta “LAS CIENCIAS Y LAS TECNOLOGIAS SON EN INGLES”, dista mucho de ser la apropiada, correcta y humilde. Las mathematicas; bien podría ser la respuesta a tal cuestionamiento y el exito de esta herramienta que se nos ofrece esta en buena parte en funcion de lo universal que sea para que TODOS accesen a ella. Google y Yahoo como motores de busqueda reconocidos mundialmente, lo son porque se puede accesar a ellos en practicamnete todo el mundo. Sin embargo grandes descubrimientos tecnológicos y científicos no son privativos de personas de habla inglesa, sino tambien de lengua alemana, rusa, japonesa, etc. El que se domine el ingles y alguna otras lengua no es una condicion ni privilegio para ser tan radicale y arrogante ante la nesecidad de muchas personas en el mundo que tienen el deseo de saber mas.

Posted by Julio June 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Will the webcast be put up somewhere now that it’s done?

Posted by Nathan June 4, 2009 at 7:19 pm

How will Wolfram Alpha verify the scientific data and its sources before it uses the pools of ‘scientific’ data for generating and deducing/inducing information? How will it deal with conflicting data?

Posted by WaiYat June 4, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Good Luck and keep striving to provide us with a speedy and efficient website to answer our questions no matter how ridiculous some of them will be.

Posted by Te Ora June 5, 2009 at 12:44 am

How to make to your team. I very interesting about your search engine

Posted by Kanda June 5, 2009 at 1:41 am

Will wolframalpha answer answers like…. ?

A has only one friend named B.
What is the name of A’s friend?

Posted by Asfak June 6, 2009 at 12:21 am

I’ve just see the webcast! Thank you Steven for answering my question!

I can’t wait until API release!

Great job people!

Posted by Dieguico June 6, 2009 at 5:56 am

Must Traawan that Google has proved itself in the area of the Internet in a short period of time and several options for the user ..

Ntmy anything to monopolize the contrary, we are stabilizing and that the search engine in the new .

Posted by yahya alqadi June 6, 2009 at 8:13 am

It looks like a very reddit-user focused website. More science and technology than anything else. Are you looking to expand?

Posted by Copter June 7, 2009 at 11:43 am


Posted by luis June 8, 2009 at 9:02 am


I have a question:-

When will you be up and running.

Posted by Rich June 8, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Keep on man!!! I have the best regards with you. And tell me when u will be up and running???

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I hope your version of the Arabic language
And spatial translation sites

Posted by x-man June 10, 2009 at 10:04 am

when it can support Chinese language: GB/Big5

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Posted by Kelly Brown June 12, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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Posted by Computing Tips June 23, 2009 at 9:17 am

How fast flies the Earth in Space ?

Posted by Gunhard Günther June 27, 2009 at 2:48 am

nakliyat:when will yu add support for arabic language?

Posted by Evden eve nakliyat July 25, 2009 at 5:14 am

Must Traawan that Google has proved itself in the area of the Internet in a short period of time and several options for the user ..

Ntmy anything to monopolize the contrary, we are stabilizing and that the search engine in the new .

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I wasn’t able to join the JustinTV chat.

Posted by Yoga online September 10, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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I hope your version of the Arabic language
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I hope your version of the Arabic language
And spatial translation sites

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If so, are you going to attract Russian-speaking W|A followers :) ?
I would like to be a member of your team.

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If so, are you going to attract Russian-speaking W|A followers ?
I would like to be a member of your team.
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