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Mar 10

WolframAlpha computational knowledge engine

Posted by abiao at 17:57 | News | Comments(0) | Reads(6455)
You might have no idea who is Wolfram, but you might know Mathematica more or less, right, Wolfram is the computer scientist who has developed Mathematica. A recent post of his blog shows his another more ambitious project named Wolfram|Alpha will be available in May, 2009.

What is Wolfram|Alpha? its own logo says WolframAlpha is a computational knowledge engine, It doesn't simply return results that contain (match) the keywords you search, like Google, Yahoo, or MSN live does, and it isn't only a giant database of knowledge, like the Wikipedia; Instead, Wolfram Alpha indeed computes the answers to the question you type in the "search" form. Simply put, it is a (computation + search) engine.

Since the project will only be available for public after May, currently we can't test its efficiency and how magic it is. Can it return the value of "Black Scholes call option price with strike 10, asset price 10, time to maturity 1 year, interest rate 3%, and 25% annual volatility"? LOL, I am too demanding.

Anyway, should you be interested, please check it at: http://www.wolframalpha.com/

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