Guide to Wolfram/Alpha for Genealogy and Family History Research

Guide to Wolfram/Alpha for Genealogy and Family History Research

Book - 2014
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"Most genealogists and family historians these days are familiar with a variety of search engines used to locate information on the Internet. These include Google, Bing, and Yahoo as well as specialty search engines such as Mocavo. The process is pretty straight-forward: you enter your search terms and you get back a list of links to relevant websites. But what if there were a search engine that allowed queries in the form of a question and, in fact, preferred that format? You could classify the resulting search engine as more of an answer engine that anything else. And what if you could take the concept one step further and have this answer engine calculate information based on set input parameters? Great concept, right? Well such a search engine does exist: Wolfram/Alpha. What sets this computational engine apart from other search engines is the ability to pull data from external sources (meaning websites outside of Wolfram/Alpha) that are curated (meaning selected for their data reliability and sources)"--Publisher description."Most genealogists and family historians these days are familiar with a variety of search engines used to locate information on the Internet. These include Google, Bing, and Yahoo as well as specialty search engines such as Mocavo. The process is pretty straight-forward: you enter your search terms and you get back a list of links to relevant websites. But what if there were a search engine that allowed queries in the form of a question and, in fact, preferred that format? You could classify the resulting search engine as more of an answer engine that anything else. And what if you could take the concept one step further and have this answer engine calculate information based on set input parameters? Great concept, right? Well such a search engine does exist: Wolfram/Alpha. What sets this computational engine apart from other search engines is the ability to pull data from external sources (meaning websites outside of Wolfram/Alpha) that are curated (meaning selected for their data reliability and sources)"--Publisher description.
Publisher: St Agnes, SA : Unlock the Past, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781921956393
1921956399
Branch Call Number: 929 M15g
929.10285 MACEN
Characteristics: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.

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