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October 14, 2010 —
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1. Given the W|A target of being computational is something being done to ensure that 100% of the data avaiable can be included in a users further computations?
At present a lot of data in the output of a query is printed but cannot be included in further computations. In practice I find that I have to aim for a single item which must be returned as the ‘Result’, paticularly for use in Widgets.
I used to think that ‘scientific data’ was near 100& reliable but since Global Warming became a political football I no longer do.
2. The other target of W|A is that the data be accurate but this is very hard to achieve when so much data is definitly not 100% accurate.. I suggest that some measure of the raccuracy of data be included. Any computations can then include this accuracy factor and its affect on the result. Users could also specify that only data above a certtain accuracy level be included in their computations.

Posted by Brian Gilbert October 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I’ve been more and more amazed with W|A ever since it first launched. If you want some great publicity and get noticed by way more people, think about sponsoring XKCD. I and many professors at my school read that science/math/comp. sci comic all the time.

Posted by Mikhail Popov October 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I write a lot at a polish maths forum and whenever I have doubts about transformations or graphs I consult WolframAlpha. I absolutely love your tool, it’s quick and smart and intuitive. I also apreciate that you’re working on displaying transformation that led to a solution. Because for me it’s the only thing than WA lacks.
Thank you guys!

Posted by Zuzia October 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

Wolfram Alpha is a great search engine, not too incredibly useful for everyday how to stuff, but it’s really good for all that Calculus I don’t remember.

Posted by Kyle Alm November 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm