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Re: Mathematica 8 "natural language" capabilities

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  • Subject: [mg114012] Re: Mathematica 8 "natural language" capabilities
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010 18:24:41 -0500 (EST)

However, the following works:

   plot sin x and cos x for x=0 to x=pi

On 11/19/2010 5:09 AM, Bill Rowe wrote:
> 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.
>
>

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