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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Name Trends in Wolfram Alpha

One unexpected thing you can do with the WolframAlpha computational search engine is to determine naming trends. Fascinating, yes, but also a bit of minutiae as well. Still it is a very nice example of the form of results you can get with WA. I am getting to like the overall idea that drives WA, but there is still much to be done. I prefer the interface by IBM's Martin Wattenberg in the Name Voyager to solve the same visualization problem.

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