Wolfram Alpha: Analytics for the rest of us

“Wolfram Alpha may finally be making the big leap from interesting curiosity to generally useful tool,” Steve Wildstrom writes for Tech.pinions.

“For the 2 1/2 years of its existence. Alpha has had something of an identity crisis. It’s sort of a search engine, but instead of crawling the web for results, it relies on a large set of curated databases,” Wildstrom writes. “At its heart is the computational engine of Mathematica, so it can do some amazing things with that data. When you asked it a question that it knew what to do with, it could produce very interesting, sometimes surprising, analytical results. But it often bombed on simple queries that Google handled with aplomb.”

Wildstrom writes, “With the launch today of Wolfram Alpha Pro ($4.95 per month, $2.95 for students), the service is promising to get a lot more useful. There are loads of new features that make the pro option well worth its modest cost. One big change is that you get a persistent account, in which past analyses are remembered and can be modified. Another the ability to upload your own data for analysis and then to download any of the analytical results, including some very sophisticated graphics.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ben Bajarin” for the heads up.]

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4 Comments

  1. A Great Start!

    Now, add a search engine funded by subscription instead of ad sales, and do not collect, use, store, or sell any of my personal information. Make my account and history secure and private. Then you will have an even more compelling product for both business and private use.

    Many of us would pay for this.

  2. SkyNet. It knows where you are, and who you are, and now it will know what you’re interests are. That’s how it came/will come up with that hot T-3 Terminatrix model.

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