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Re: Mathematica 8 "natural language" capabilities

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  • Subject: [mg113988] Re: Mathematica 8 "natural language" capabilities
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010 06:11:17 -0500 (EST)

On 11/19/10 at 5:11 AM, hpd1 at nyu.edu (Harvey P. Dale) wrote:

>A single introductory equals sign (without Ctrl) allows natural
>language queries of the kernel.  Two introductory equals signs allow
>natural language queries of Wolfram Alpha.  Ctrl+== is used to
>modify previously-entered queries.

Not so. Disable your internet connection and try using a single
equal sign as you suggest doing something such as

plot sin x

The result will a message saying an internet connection could
not be established and that the feature requires an internet
connection. That makes it clear it is not the local kernel that
is being queried when you start with a single equal sign.

Looking at the documentation at

guide/WolframAlphaIntegration

it appears the difference between a single equal sign, a double
equal sign and ctrl+= is the result returned not where the
expression is being evaluated as you suggest.



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