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Wolfram|Alpha and Pokémon Answers

November 03, 2016 #random #nlp #pokemon

The other day, my daughter had me search for zigzagoon on Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine.  Apparently, there is a full Pokédex loaded because it knew details like number, type, size, and generation.

Input Interpretation: Zigzagoon

So, I tried this computation…

average height of generation iii pokemon

and it worked as expected!

Input Interpretation: Generation III Pokémon height

How is this relevant to the capabilities we are developing around how knowledge workers Find, Analyze, and Decide about Content?  Now think again about the Wolfram|Alpha Pokémon example and how that combines natural language input and content to recommend an answer.  Then go to https://www.wolframalpha.com/ and try some queries out yourself.  How does the user experience compare to more traditional research products?


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