New Features for Wolfram|Alpha

Dec 29, 2009

Wolfram Research, makers of the Wolfram|Alpha "computational knowledge engine," announced a series of new features and updates for the popular service. New to the service are advanced mathematical functions, including support for Bessel functions, gamma functions, and improved plotting. Updates have also been made to the service's support for discrete mathematics, such as combinatorics and graph theory.

In addition to mathematic functions, Wolfram|Alpha has added features related to science, biology, and health, including a physical exercise calculator that allows users to compute energy expenditure and fat loss for various activities. Also featured is additional information about the solar system, data about carbon footprints, and the ability to reply to more complex queries about earthquakes and meteor showers. Numerous other improvements have been made in fields ranging from socioeconomics to linguistics.