Re: Wolfram|Alpha Lookup Tool for Mathematica
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- Subject: [mg99863] Re: [mg99850] Wolfram|Alpha Lookup Tool for Mathematica
- From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
- Date: Sat, 16 May 2009 18:24:49 -0400 (EDT)
- Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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- Reply-to: murray at math.umass.edu
Alas, the tool may be of limited value right now, because Wolfram|Alpha
is overloaded to the point of barely working. That's on a Saturday
morning about 10:20 a.m. EDT.
Even when I browsed directly to wolframalpha.com, it took several
minutes for the home page to load. Then, when I typed in a query (my
birthdate), I got back a message:
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that...
Wolfram|Alpha has temporarily exceeded its
current maximum test load.
See the live video feed of the Control Center>>"
Several minutes later, I tried again. I got a report back almost
immediately giving the Input interpretation and showing a date format,
but below that just 6 progress bars that kept running for several
minutes until I gave up.
Next, I typed in one of the suggested math formulas: x^2 sin(x). I got
back information about that -- graphs, an alternate form using complex
exponentials, roots, series expansion, ..., almost immediately! (But
perhaps that one was already cached on the site?)
David Reiss wrote:
> With the release of Wolfram|Alpha I have created a small tool that
> allows you to send a query to Wolfram|Alpha directly from Mathematica.
> The tool is a simple dialog with an input field where you can type a
> query to be sent to Wolfram|Alpha.
> After entering your query in the input field simply click on the
> "Wolfram|Alpha Lookup" button and the query will be sent to Wolfram|
> Alpha via your default web browser.
> You can download the tool from here:
> or here:
Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H)
University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W)
710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801
Amherst, MA 01003-9305
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