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## Wolfram Alpha Computational engine test feedback

No bigger news recently than Wolfram Alpha computational knowledge engine is finally available today, on 10/03/2009 I briefly wrote a post about what is wolfram alpha engine and what can it be used to service us, immediately after that, I applied to be a volunteer tester but got no reply. Anyway, it officially opens to public and we have chance to test its magic.

When talking about the pros and cons of

In my previous post I joked about if

Input your parameter and select option types, the value of option you set, together with its Greeks and plots, are calculated as

So far so good, but it seems the products

Play around at http://www.wolframalpha.com/.

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**Wolfram Alpha engine**and Google, different people will offer different opinions, some people take it for granted that**Wolfram Alph**a will be a big threat to Google and eventually replace Google, however, others hold that**Wolfram Alpha**is just a computation calculator, and no matter how powerful it is, it is at most a calculator with search function . Weighing up these two arguments, I would say they complement each other, for example, before you calculate an Europen option with**Wolfram Alpha computational engin**e, you need to google at least what an Europen option is.In my previous post I joked about if

**Wolfram Alpha**would return a result of "Black Scholes call option price with strike 10, asset price 10, time to maturity 1 year, interest rate 3%, and 25% annual volatility", alright, it turns out to be YES, just type "Black Scholes", you will get a form similar to the following graphInput your parameter and select option types, the value of option you set, together with its Greeks and plots, are calculated as

So far so good, but it seems the products

**Wolfram Alpha**covers are limited, when I try to type Barrier option or Asian option, two simple exotic options, it says "**Wolfram|Alpha**isn't sure what to do with your input." there is no API users are able to add their own formulars, either. In brief,**Wolfram alpha**is a big step towards intelligent search engine, nevertheless, as it broadcasts at its main page: it is the**first**step in an ambitious,**long-term**project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone.Play around at http://www.wolframalpha.com/.

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From: Wolfram|Alpha Team <donotreply@wolframalpha.com>

To: xxx@xxx.xxx

Subject: Wolfram|Alpha update

Date: May 27, 2009

It has been an exciting couple of weeks for the Wolfram|Alpha

Team.

We're thrilled by the media coverage Wolfram|Alpha is receiving

including these great articles by the Los Angeles Times and

Gizmodo:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wolframalpha19-2009may19,0,5810966.story

http://gizmodo.com/5264430

Since our launch, Wolfram|Alpha has processed 100 million

queries, and we've received nearly 55,000 pieces of feedback.

If you have yet to try Wolfram|Alpha, we invite you to start

exploring. There are helpful hints to get you started in the

examples pages:

http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples

One thing that sets Wolfram|Alpha apart is its computational

power, which comes from Mathematica. Wolfram|Alpha taps the

algorithmic power of Mathematica and the parallel power of

gridMathematica. Mathematica is also the deployment platform for

Wolfram|Alpha, demonstrating the power and flexibility of

webMathematica.

The launch of Wolfram|Alpha is just the beginning of our endeavor

to make all of the world's systematic knowledge immediately

computable and accessible to everyone. We hope you will join us

in our journey.

We look forward to sharing with you and the Wolfram|Alpha

Community the improvements we're making as Wolfram|Alpha grows,

including some changes that Stephen Wolfram pointed out in this

Wolfram|Alpha Blog post:

http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2009/05/26/the-first-week-of-wolframalpha-thank-you

Best regards,

The Wolfram|Alpha Team

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