[Haskell-cafe] WolframAlpha

Warren Henning warren.henning at gmail.com
Wed May 6 20:13:01 EDT 2009

>From what I recall of Mathematica the language, it has more in common
with Lisp than Haskell: it's symbolic, dynamically typed, etc.

Allegedly Wolfram spent years on this; if it has any merit,
duplicating it would be difficult.

What I'd like to see most is WolframAlpha in action. At this point it
is vaporware to me and for all I know this could be the beginning of a
neverending charade of "coming to a Interwebs near you Real Soon Now"
every few months for the next 10 years, like Duke Nukem Forever.


On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 5:01 PM, Vasili I. Galchin <vigalchin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2009/05/01/the-secret-behind-the-computational-engine-in-wolframalpha/
> <<< this is obviously a Wolfram Inc. blog so maybe not totally objective ...
> but here is a snippet that speaks in Haskell's favor:
> As a result, the five million lines of Mathematica code that make up
> Wolfram|Alpha are equivalent to many tens of millions of lines of code in a
> lower-level language like C, Java, or Python.
> I am some what familiar with Mathematica and it's multi-paradigm nature
> (like F#, OCaml, etc.). In any case, I would like the Haskell community to
> view WolframAlpha as a challenge. For what is it worth I presently
> cabalizing Swish .... Based on my reading of WolframAlpha it is a semantic
> web ... i.e.  formal knowledge representation!
> all Google results =>
> http://www.google.com/search?q=WolframAlpha&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=com.ubuntu:en-US:unofficial&client=firefox-a
> Kind regards, Vasili
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