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Wolfram search tool launches tonight

Wolfram Alpha, a search tool, which uses sophisticated mathematics to understand and answer users' questions,...

Wolfram Alpha, a search tool, which uses sophisticated mathematics to understand and answer users' questions, is to be launched tonight.

The technology has attracted widespread interest, because of its aspiration to make better sense of data on the internet than current web search engines.

Wolfram Alpha differs from Google and similar search engines, by offering users an answer to their queries, rather than a list of websites containing relevant subject matter.

The technology, developed by Stephen Wolfram, founder and CEO of Wolfram research, uses sophisticated algorithms to build mathematical models of data taken from expert data sources chosen by the Wolfram team.

The software interprets users' questions, written in plain English, and calculates answers from its data models.

In a demo, Wolfram showed how the tool could give the user the GDP of France both in a written format and by displaying graphs.

"One of our objectives is to aim to take expert knowledge and make it easily accessible by anyone," Wolfram said in an interview earlier this month.

Anyone interested in the technology can tune into a live webcast.

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