Five Things Wolfram Alpha Does Better (And Vastly Different) Than Google
Wolfram Alpha is not a search engine. Perhaps it will one day become one, but currently itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s exactly what its tagline says: a computational knowledge engine. However, it looks like Google, it provides you with answers and therefore most users will try to use it as a search engine, which doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t always yield good results. Once you start asking it the right questions, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll give you better answers.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve spent a couple of days with Wolfram Alpha, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve learned to love it for all the ways itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s different than search engines such as Google. Here are some guidelines which will help you shake off that Ã¢â‚¬Å“search engineÃ¢â‚¬Â frame of mind and perhaps help you start using Wolfram Alpha to its full potential.
When you type a search query into Google, it understands what you want because the query is usually simple. If you give it a lot of data, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll get confused. Google searches, it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t compute; and this is where Wolfram Alpha shines. It does not care at all how many arguments you give it; just like a calculator, it couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care less if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re adding up two or fifty numbers. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why concatenating many arguments in a query often works extremely well.
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