JS: "The reason why Alpha is interesting to ontolog forum is that it uses a
collection of domainspecific ontologies. However, they are not planning to
make those ontologies widely available. (At least, they have not said that
they are going to do so, but it's possible that they might release some of
them.)". (01)
John, I doubt that there may be any ontology. According to SW, the four
pillars of his oncoming web service are:" a massive amount of data, that his
company has collected from various sources; a computational engine built on
top of Mathematica...; a system for understanding queries; and technology to
display results in interesting ways."
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/wolframalphaveillifted/ (02)
Again, its not a web search engine, but a QAS dealing with statistics and
all sort of statistical relations between two or more variables, such as
population growth rate, amount of junk food consumed, and birth rate or
mortality rate, as much as a new Google datacentric service got from the
Trendanalizer Co. Mostly expect all sort of charts visualizing binary or
ternary relations, involving distnces, prices, locations, populations,
dates, weather data, and many other statistics and quantitative data. The
both services are syntactic systems differing only in degree and scale, and
neither will bother if such correlations have any causal meanings. In fact,
we need a radically new kind of web search, common ontologydriven semantic
search engine, the ontological foundations of which we are here looking
for. (03)
Azamat Abdoullaev (04)
 Original Message 
From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "[ontologforum]" <ontologforum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 4:54 AM
Subject: Re: [ontologforum] Wolfram Alpha preview (05)
> Pavithra,
>
> Wolfram Alpha was always intended to be a questionanswering
> system. Although Alpha does some search, it does less search
> and more computation than Google does. It's better to call
> it a Q/A system than a search engine.
>
> The reason why Alpha is interesting to ontolog forum is that
> it uses a collection of domainspecific ontologies. However,
> they are not planning to make those ontologies widely available.
> (At least, they have not said that they are going to do so, but
> it's possible that they might release some of them.)
>
> > Seems like Wolfram got the requirements from Ontolog face
> > to face summit (NIST). Especially the unit conversion!
>
> The Mathematica system, which has been commercially available
> (for licensing) for over 20 years, has always done unit
> conversions. Note that Stephen Wolfram was a professor
> of physics. He knows the importance of unit conversions.
>
> For more information about Mathematica, see the demos on
> their web site:
>
> http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/random.html
>
> Click on any of the diagrams on that web page to get a demo
> of an application that uses the current Mathematica product
> to do the computation. When you click on the diagram, you
> will get a new page with a bigger copy:
>
> 1. Click on the green phrase "watch web preview>>"
>
> 2. If you like that example, you can click "DOWNLOAD LIVE
> VERSION" so that you can change the parameters yourself.
>
> 3. If you want to see the actual Mathematica definitions,
> click on "SHOW SOURCE CODE". Note that the source code
> is actually fairly readable compared to typical programs.
>
> 4. If you click "DOWNLOAD SOURCE CODE NOTEBOOK", you get a
> file with the actual source code. If you click "Get
> Mathematica 7 Player Free", you can get a free copy
> of the engine that executes the code in the notebook.
>
> The Alpha system contains a collection of Mathematica
> "notebooks". The code in each notebook is based on an
> implicit ontology for the subject, and it does whatever
> computation is required.
>
> Any English question you type into Alpha is analyzed in terms
> of a "template", from which the data is extracted and sent to
> a notebook for further processing. The result of that processing
> is the answer to your question.
>
> This is far more computation than Google does. If you learn
> something about Mathematica, then it will be much easier to
> understand what Wolfram says in his talks.
>
> John
>
>
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