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Nem



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 2:54 pm    Post subject: Computational Knowledge Engine Reply with quote

Which I think is really just a way of saying database with an interesting interface and some processing capability, but still, I thought some of you might find this interesting.

http://www23.wolframalpha.com/faqs.html

It's not a search engine, at least in the sense that it doesn't search the internet, but there are some pretty neat ideas behind it in terms of changing plain text questions into search relevant terms. Reminds me of the old Hobbit game on the Spectrum, (must remember not to attack Gandalf!) It has a slightly limited database at the moment which can lead to it not answering some questions.

Still I now know how old I am in days. Razz
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude! I saw that on the other forum I'm on (Faulty Logic).

Try searching "the answer to life, the universe, and everything".
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw Computational Knowledge Engine and my first thought was "the brain".
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Tinu.



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if this thing could do my math homework for me. Oo;
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boo, no result for "How can entropy be reversed?" =(
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's extremely cool. It knows a lot of factual stuffs. I wish that there was some way that users could help it to learn, though...
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

XD I quite like the first answer to this one.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once saw an estimate that a woodchuck can move about 47 pounds of dirt in one day in the course of digging a burrow. So if you got a whole lot of sawdust, one could probably do at least that much. Probably a bit more, since sawdust tends to be lighter than dirt and not so thoroughly compacted.

>.>

<.<

I am such a geek! XD
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha! At least they're not self-centered.


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Tamir



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kinda funny how we're only using this for amusement purposes rather than educational ones.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ Tyris: You can actually Cha Cha that question and they'll give you a real answer...



I think this shall be promising in many things.... mostly to kill my boredom... hmmm... wonder what happens when i type that one in...
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far, I haven't seen it do anything particularly compelling.
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya, Squee is really unimpressed with this...Even the natural language processing is pretty....minimal.
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