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Re: comments on Wolfram Alpha

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  • Subject: [mg100342] Re: [mg100305] comments on Wolfram Alpha
  • From: "Ingolf Dahl" <ingolf.dahl at>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 07:10:17 -0400 (EDT)
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Good, use Google then. Why should WolframAlpha try to be better on things
where Google is good enough?
But with this kind of letters the number of messages to MathGroup will soon
reach 200,000. I am also very interested in the abilities and inabilities of
WolframAlpha, but this is not the right place for that discussion. I suggest
a policy where letters about Wolfram Alpha from now on are let through only
in the cases where Mathematica as such also really is involved. Other
letters fit better as direct feedback to Wolfram or as letters to the
WolframAlpha Community. What is the opinion of the Moderator here?

[I am open to comments on this issue - what rules should
apply? -- Moderator]


Ingolf Dahl

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Beliavsky [mailto:beliavsky at] 
> Sent: den 31 maj 2009 12:37
> To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg100305] comments on Wolfram Alpha
> input: arima
> output: Arima,Trinidad and Tobago
>           Population:
>           city population | 34997 people my comment: Nothing 
> about ARIMA time series models, which comes up as the 3rd 
> link on Google.
> input: garch
> output: Wolfram|Alpha isn't sure what to do with your input.
>            * Did you mean:march
> my comment: nothing about GARCH time series models, widely 
> used in finance
> input: united states budget deficit
> output: -$347 billion per year (US dollars per year) (2005 
> estimate) my comment: Users would want more recent data, such 
> as the 2008 deficit and the estimated 2009 deficit.
> Wolfram Alpha appears much less useful than the combination 
> of Google and Mathematica, so I wonder if resources are 
> better spent adding functionality to Mathematica.

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