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A Blog Is Now a Blog

June 12, 2009 —
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We’ve updated another entry thanks to feedback sent to Wolfram|Alpha. We’ve now changed linguistic priority settings so that “blog” is no longer interpreted as the math expression b log(x) by default.

Blog used to default to b log(x)

Blog is now interpreted as just a plain old blog (like this one).

Blog now defaults to the English word blog

Of course, our roots are deeply entwined in Mathematica, so for those who don’t use blogs, the mathematical interpretation is still available. Blog(x) is the default.

b log(x)



There is a typo aim is spelt alm.

Posted by hey June 12, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Just what I was waiting on.

Posted by Cory June 12, 2009 at 7:46 pm

The more you evolve, the more I am mesmerized !! Kudos to the team .. keep it up !!

Posted by Gaurav June 13, 2009 at 1:52 am

I am surprised you gave this change such prominence. There will be thousands of times when the default among options changes to reflect changes in W|A’s computation of the most likely intention of the user. Is the default not set by W|A at present based on the most common choice by users?
Already W|A changes some defaults such as currency based on the location of the user. I also expect that the User Profile will expand to allow the user to indicate some preferences to W|A.

Posted by Brian Gilbert June 13, 2009 at 1:59 am

Am I the only person who read this and laughed? Scientists and other nerdy folk have been doing this type of definition priority swap for years and years.

Posted by Mike June 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

Great. But, what about the word “clog”? ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted by Anon June 17, 2009 at 4:03 am