Published On: Thu, May 21st, 2009

Daily Mathematica: What is Wolfram Alpha?


I would never think in a million years I would be writing about anything remotely related to MATH, being that I have either failed or barely passed every math class I ever took. Despite my difficulty with mathematics I ended up being some what of a geek as I am fascinated by modern day tech, especially anything web based.  Then I heard about Wolfram Alpha…and was tempted to see what I can find out about this new search engine/super calculator that has all the  tech blogs buzzing.

So I am sitting in front of this page…and my first impulse is to type in keywords that I always search for when playing with a new search tool.  My first word was "Sofrito" (you surprised?) and the results were different than what I had expected, it gave me a nutitional breakdown of 1/4 cup of what it interpreted as "sofrito sauce."  Then I typed in the word "Jibaro" and it associated it with the Shuar language in Ecuador, which make sense to me knowing a little bit about the Jivaro Indians (that's right…Boricuas are NOT the original Jibaros…but I am the original Urban Jibaro). 
My last successful query was to search my surname (Torres) and that did not yield me the history of my last name.  Instead, it gave me statistics of my last name.  For example, one in every 830 people in the United States share my last name and as of the 2000 census 325,169 people named Torres live here. That number, considering we are the fastest growing segment of our country, tiene que estar por un Millon ya mismo.


On a sidenote: When I typed in "Sofrito For Your Soul," Wolfram Alpha simply replied 

"Wolfram|Alpha isn't sure what to do with your input."  


As I am,

George Torres

The Urban Jibaro

(I don't need Wolfram alpha, Google knows who I am…so does Twitter)

Daily Mathematica: What is Wolfram Alpha?