Re: Mathematica 8 "natural language" capabilities

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg113958] Re: Mathematica 8 "natural language" capabilities*From*: Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net>*Date*: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 05:09:52 -0500 (EST)

On 11/18/10 at 7:08 AM, jalex at lse.ac.uk (J. McKenzie Alexander) wrote: >Has anyone been able to get the "natural language" capabilities of >Mathematica 8 to work as described? If I type Ctrl+= followed by >=09plot sin x and cos x >as listed in the examples, I get an error message saying that no >Mathematica translations exist. Yet if I evaluate >=09WolframAlpha["plot sin x and cos x"] >I get the output I would expect. My guess is this has to do with the ambiguity present. Should plot sin x and cos x be translated to Plot[Sin[x]+Cos[x],{x,...}] or Plot[{Sin[x],Cos[x]},{x,....}] Quite frankly, to me the surprising thing isn't things don't work as expected sometimes but that they do work as you want as often as they do. I don't see the "natural language" capability as being all that useful given the ambiguity inherent in natural language.