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As the Grouse correctly explains, Wolfram|Alpha is not a search engine. Search engines are like parents who refuse to do your homework for you, just giving you hints about where you might be able to find the answers.
Yes, and Wolfram|Alpha is very limited as to the answers it can answer for you. It has a few areas that it can do pretty well, but the majority of what you want to try to find... go to google.

That said, they've got to start somewhere, and you need to put something out there to get the questions people want answered.

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And for us this is a marathon, not a sprint. One reason we brought Wolfram|Alpha live at this point is that we thought we'd gone about as far as we could without contact with the public. For example, the degree to which Wolfram|Alpha can understand natural language queries will improve hugely as we start to analyze and pick apart the syntax of the countless millions of real live queries we have gotten from the public just in the last week, paying special attention to the ones that failed. The language parsing will improve, and we will add new data sets to cover areas we are currently missing. (Yes, sports scores are on the list!)
He does mention about the symbolic manipulation for math, yadda yadda...but that stuff existed 20 years ago when I taught college calculus. If the teachers are freaking out about it now, they have not been paying attention for two decades.

Anyway, I'm happy to have a free, stripped-down Mathematica. That's pretty much all I'll be using this for, for right now.
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Strange. Did the United States experience pulses of Central and South American immigration in the generation preceding WWI?
Or is it just noise in a low-signal data set?
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I had a weekend like that once.
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Use google and wolfram at the same time...

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/12006

Although I'm by no means a mathematica expert, I'd love to see it handle more of the one line mathematica functions. I tried to check a z value of a normal and I had to use the actual CDF equation or the integral...

http://www88.wolframalpha.com/input/...82%29%29%29%29

http://www88.wolframalpha.com/input/...}%29%29%3D.995

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And now there's Goofram. Not kidding.
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And now there's Goofram. Not kidding.
Wow! Love it. I'm going to change that to my default search!
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Apparently, Wolfram Alpha will solve algebraic expressions in steps now:

http://lifehacker.com/5417302/wolfra...step-at-a-time

Where was this stuff when I was a math student?
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This isn't exactly related, just wanted to link to the demonstrations page:
http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/

There's a section with actuarial demos:
http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/to...ience&limit=20
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This isn't exactly related, just wanted to link to the demonstrations page:
http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/

There's a section with actuarial demos:
http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/to...ience&limit=20
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Wolfram Alpha Launches Mobile Site, Slashes iPhone App to $2

Two changes have just occurred (and not in April Fools' fashion) for Wolfram Alpha, the computational search engine that's actually pretty handy for step-by-step math, or as a writing tool. First up, they whipped their neat but ridiculously expensive iPhone app down from $50 to $2, and they're offering full refunds for those who bought at full price. Next up, they've opened up a mobile webapp that should work on most capable browsers. It's a handy bookmark to keep around for when Google just doesn't get what you're asking.

http://m.wolframalpha.com/

http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2010/03...s-on-ubiquity/
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