Stephen Wolfram and his team have created an astonishingly powerful collection of information. As he puts it on the Wolfram blog, the dream is to make this “computable knowledge” available to immediately enhance any program that’s connected to the service. Today’s announcement is a big step forward to opening it up to far more developers, but it will need much more computer-readable results before it will really fulfill that promise. Do you agree, or am I misunderstanding the power of the API as it is right now? Are there existing applications beyond the handful that Wolfram highlight? Let us know in the comments. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? This is great if you want to show the information immediately to users, but what if you want to understand and process the data as part of your application? You might want run your own analysis on a company’s share price, but you’ll have a tough time converting their plain text results into numbers you can feed into an algorithm, and though their Mathematica versions are structured, it’s not a simple format to read in. This may not be accidental – their terms of service make it clear that you can’t “access, cache, store, retain, or in any way compile any copies or portion of any Wolfram|Alpha content.” Wolfram has built up a large and valuable collection of data, and the company doesn’t want to make it too accessible for fear that it may be copied. There is a sign of hope though in the mention of an upcoming data API, which sounds like it might offer a more programmer-friendly version of the results. The easiest way to try it for yourself is through their API Explorer page. If you enter a query, you’ll see the XML results appear, along with the URL you’d call from your application to run the same search. The results are split up into sections that Wolfram describe as “Pods.” Each one of these corresponds to a different nugget of information related to the terms you entered, and matches the way results are shown in the normal Web interface. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes There’s a complete reference guide available as a PDF, detailing the options you can specify to narrow down your query, as well as the meaning of some of the results sections. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Wolfram Alpha has assembled an impressive collection of information on everything from chemistry to high finance, but until recently external developers could only access it by paying between two and six cents per query. Today the company announced a big change to its pricing plans which gives non-commercial users 2,000 free calls a month, as well as adding new features like the asynchronous delivery of slower results. With few external applications appearing to use the old interface, can these changes open it up to a wider audience of developers? pete warden The API itself is very similar to the Wolfram Alpha Web interface. Developers pass in a query string, and then get back XML results that reflect exactly what you’d see in the browser for the same search. This makes it ideal for formatting and displaying to users, since you get back plain text descriptions and images visualizing the information. This is exactly how most of Wolfram’s flagship customers have been using it. For example Bing displays information from Alpha alongside its own search results, and Touch Press uses it to supplement its interactive books. Tags:#APIs#hack Related Posts
Two people have been arrested in connection with the attack on 30 dogs at a private shelter in Punjab’s Mohali in which one canine was killed and several others were injured, animal rights body PETA on Thursday said.The Punjab Police have arrested the duo for allegedly attacking the dogs with sticks and acid on Tuesday, while their third associate is still at large, it said.“The attack resulted in death of one dog, 19 missing, probably killed, and 11 with grievous injuries.“Following the complaint by PETA, Punjab police arrested two of the three attackers and filed an FIR. The third attacker is on the run and police expect to nab him soon,” the animal rights body said in a statement.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India had shot off a letter to Punjab Director of General of Police (DGP) demanding immediate action against the attackers.PETA had come to know about the incident through news reports besides calls and emails from various concerned citizens.In the letter, PETA India pointed out that causing animals to suffer in this manner is a punishable offence under law and attracts imprisonment for a term of five to seven years, and the guilty is also liable for fine.It had urged the DGP to take steps to help ensure that the strongest police action is taken by registering an FIR against the attackers of the dogs under the IPC.PETA had also asked the Punjab police to ensure that the attackers undergo psychiatric counselling and evaluation.“PETA commends and thanks Punjab police for devoting the serious attention to this case that it deserves. The attackers may now be prevented from harming more animals and humans thanks to the police.“PETA encourage everyone to stop and speak up for animals who are subjected to pain or suffering, because if you don’t, maybe no one else will,” said Meet Ashar, PETA India’s Emergency Response Coordinator.Currently, the penalty for cruelty to animals under the PCA Act, 1960, is between Rs 10 and 50 for the first offence, which may go up to a mere Rs 100 or up to three months in prison for a subsequent offence.Lately, numerous extreme cruelty to animals cases have come to light —— including one from Bangalore where a woman killed eight puppies, Chennai where medical students threw a puppy from a roof, and Vellore where medical students killed a monkey —— proving the need for stronger penalties.
1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Carlos’ captaincy isn’t just based on leadership, it’s also rooted in her exceptional play and these two factors led her to being named the Chooks to Go-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week.And it may be slim, but Carlos is now the league’s leading scorer with 71 total points.2. Isa Molde (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: No.7Isa Molde. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERUP’s puzzle won’t be complete without another one of its high-scoring duo.With Carlos doing much of the dirty work, and also a huge piece of the scoring, there’s Isa Molde, who was focused on scoring and aerial defense.Molde, Season 78’s Rookie of the Year, was UP’s offensive focal point and she delivered with 20 points on 17 spikes and three blocks.Carlos and Molde, however, are just the two of a three-piece totem pole for UP with the other being Ayel Estrañero.3. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: 1Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo played just one game this week but it was enough to show the league that the Lady Eagles are still one of the bigger forces in the league.Driving Ateneo’s engine that day was Kat Tolentino, who scored 13 points in the Lady Eagles’ quick win over UE, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16. MOST READ Now that’s out of the way, here are the best seven of this week.1. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: No. 3Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCount on Diana Carlos to provide scoring and a bunch of other stuff.UP played just one game this week and boy was Carlos all over the place.She scored 19 points in the Lady Maroons’ five-set stunner of La Salle, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12, while also anchoring the Lady Maroons’ defense with 22 excellent digs and 18 successful receptions.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Arado registered just 13 successful digs in the the Lady Warriors’ loss to Ateneo.6. Jolina Dela Cruz (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week : No. 6Jolina dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJolina Dela Cruz is back on the same spot where she was in in the previous week.Coming into the league relatively overshadowed with all the hype surrounding UST’s Eya Laure, Dela Cruz has so far proved that she’s one of the legitimate contenders for the Rookie of the Year plum.Dela Cruz was solid in La Salle’s win against NU with 12 points but she was also capable in becoming the team’s focal point in the Lady Spikers’ next game.Despite the loss to UP, Dela Cruz was fed the ball for much of the match and she finished with 19 points—a team-high—on 14 spikes, four blocks, and one service ace.7. Ayel Estrañero (University of the Philippines, setter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AAyel Estrañero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAyel Estrañero is the third piece of UP’s star puzzle.Carlos and Molde usually grab the spotlight because of their offense but the one running the show is Estrañero.In UP’s win against La Salle, Estrañero severely outclassed her opponent Michelle Cobb with 38 excellent sets to her counterpart’s 21. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Neymar says 2 injuries, not 1, affected World Cup displays MANILA, Philippines—Teams are slowly lining up the grid with a tense atmosphere surrounding them, and the gears are just waiting to move for the ultimate takeoff.Three weeks in but there is not one team in a considerable place to legitimately claim pole position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDefending champion De La Salle, Ateneo, and University of the Philippines are all in a tight battle at the top with identical 3-1 records.University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University are behind at 2-2 with Adamson, University of the East, and National University all gearing up to make surprises with those three teams holding 1-3 records. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Tolentino would finish the week with 70 total points and is tied for the second spot in the Best Scorers table with UST’s Cherry Rondina.4. Judith Abil (University of the East, outside hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AJudith Abil. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s always a thrill to see all the teams get into the winners’ column so when UE took its first win of the season the energetic Judith Abil made sure she’d do it in style.Abil put up 22 points in four sets in UE’s win against Adamson, 20-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-22, making her the owner of the second-most points scored in a single game behind Molde’s 23 against, as fate would have it, the Lady Warriors.UE, though, lost its next game against Ateneo but Abil was still on her mark with 14 points.Abil has so far scored 66 total points making her the sixth best scorer in the league.5. Kath Arado (University of the East, libero)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AKath Arado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHard work always pays off and Kath Arado proved that this week.The league’s Best Digger and Best Receiver was an impenetrable force in UE’s win against the Lady Falcons tallying 39 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.Ateneo then knew that Arado was a defensive dynamo that the Lady Eagles practically avoided her in their win on Sunday.