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Flying to Australia

I want to compare different flight routes to Australia and their lengths. So far I have written: ...
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Converting in various currencies

I was just playing around with Mathematica converting some currencies: ...
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Known restrictions for WolframAlpha in CDF Player and PlayerPro

Are there any known (documented?) restrictions for the use of the WolframAlpha function in CDF-Player and PlayerPro? I only found this answer which mentions upper values for various license version, ...
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Make a table of changes in US coinage

I thought of an innovative use of Mathematica/Alpha that I think Stephen Wolfram would really love, but I can't figure out how to get it to work. The idea is to make a table that would chart the ...
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Mathematica unable to solve equation numerically while Wolfram|Alpha can

I want to solve the following equation 2 x == Sinh[x] Mathematica is unable to do so ...
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Strange message appearing when using Wolfram Alpha in Mathematica

I have Mathematica 9.0.1.0 and I've recently noticed that whenever I press the equals sign and type something like Sech[x]^2, I get the message: I then tried other search queries, such as p^2, ...
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Check remaining Wolfram|Alpha calls

As Wolfram|Alpha calls are limited, and on the other side increasingly frequent, I'd like to be able to check how many calls am I able to make at a given time. Is there a function or system variable ...
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Plotting Time Series with call to Wolfram Alpha

I am trying to plot stocks showing some of the local maxima. As an exercise I first tried to load Apple's stock data from Wolfram Alpha with the following code: ...
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Second derivative implicit differentiation using Wolfram Alpha input?

How would you perform second derivative implicit differentiation using Wolfram Alpha input? The reason that I'm using WA input is that it gives you step-by-step solutions and I'm a first year ...
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Putting set elements into venn diagram

My problem has two parts. Before that I have two Lists/Sets. It suppose to be created them by two initial strings. In the first part, I need to show sets' elements in venn diagram. I can create venn ...
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Getting FTSE indices in Mathematica

I'm not sure if this is the best StackExchange to post this question, but I figured it had more to do with the specifics of Mathematica than Quantitative Analysis so I've posted it here. Basically, I ...
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Permanently set options such as metric units for W|A queries

Mathematica lets me be so lazy that I don't even have to switch to a browser to check the weather report: The only problem is that it will automatically display the temperature and wind speed in ...
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Suppress connection to Wolfram|Alpha when making unit conversions

I want to speed up calculations with unit conversions. I suspect primarily that some units evaluate from Wolfram|Alpha. Any way to prevent this automatically, so that Mathematica throws ...
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Does Mathematica compute free-form-input on Wolfram servers?

I've just started to use Mathematica and I'm using the free-form input a lot. The computation time for simple problems seems to take a lot of time and my CPU isn't really used at all. I first thought ...
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Problem to plot GDP data coming from Wolfram Alpha

I'm working with economic data and realized that I could extract it directly from WolframAlpha using _Mathematica. So I did it. I extracted the GDP data of the country I'm studying. ...
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How to extract a possible closed form from WolframAlpha[] output

To find a possible closed form of a number, I can use the function WolframAlpha["6.38905609893065", IncludePods -> "PossibleClosedForm"] It returns a result ...
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Mathematica gives wrong result while Wolfram|Alpha is correct

Why does Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha give different results based upon the same code? I know Wolfram|Alpha's 7.85 is correct.
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Need a generalization of RootApproximant to recognize linear combinations over algebraic numbers

RootApproximant does a very good job when I need to recognize an algebraic number and when enough of its digits are known (or even when an unlimited number of ...
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Creating a function to simplify WolframAlpha query

When I can't remember an integral I usually just query wolfram and have it show steps. This was my naive attempt at trying to make a simpler function. ...
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How to I get a nutrition facts chart from WolframAlpha?

When I try just a few items such as WolframAlpha["1 whole wheat tortilla + 2 slices american cheese + 150 g steak + 2 tbsp beans + 150 g white rice"] I get the ...
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Disagreement between FindGeoLocation and Alpha: “Where Am I?”

While trying to estimate a user's location in a notebook, I noticed that FindGeoLocation[] was extremely inaccurate. I realize that it uses an IP lookup to make ...
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financial data behind Wolfram|Alpha and Finance Platform

I need to price 23,000 securities from 1999 to 2007, and they are surprisingly hard to find on subscription-based services, like Bloomberg LP, ThomsonReuters or S&P CapitalIQ offerings. Probably ...
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How to compare power towers in Mathematica?

First I tried it directly, but it overflowed: ...
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How do I use FinancialData to obtain company revenue and income?

I'd like to make a plot of a company's revenue and income over time. I can do this via Wolfram Alpha pretty easily, just by searching "Ford revenue and earnings from 2000 to 2012". As such I can, if ...
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How can I get all the results from a Wolfram | Alpha query?

When I query Wolfram | Alpha with "city in orange county, california", it returns the first four results with a note that there are "42 total". I can then hit the "more" button until all 42 are ...
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How can I analyse Mathematica data using Wolfram|Alpha?

How can I analyse data stored in Mathematica using Wolfram | Alpha? Here is an example: I have a list: a = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} I can plot it in Mathematica, like ...
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WolframAlpha Selective SubPod Content

I am sending queries to Wolfram | Alpha from Mathematica V9 and and importing the results back into Mathematica, but I am running into a challenge in formatting the request. Specifically, I would like ...
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Is it possible to use WolframAlpha servers to evaluate equations in Mathematica v8.0.4?

Is it possible to use WolframAlpha computational power to evaluate equations in Mathematica version 8.0.4? The thing is, it takes ages for my computer to evaluate certain equations. It would be ...
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Possible to batch WolframAlpha queries?

Sometimes I want some country data not available from CountryData. And issuing things like: ...
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How to figure out how to make WolframAlpha work predictably

I'd like to get football data out of Wolfram|Alpha and into Mathematica 9, but I'm having some minor difficulty. Naturally, I'd like to know how to accomplish this task (details below), but I'm more ...
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How to create a new “person curve”?

Wolfram|Alpha has a whole collection¹ of parametric curves that create images of famous people. To see them, enter WolframAlpha["person curve"] into a Mathematica ...
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Interactive steam tables and phase diagrams in Mathematica

I teach an undergraduate course in Thermodynamics and I would love to use Mathematica to demonstrate the various engineering processes that involve the expansions and compressions of steam and common ...
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Getting all physical units with prefixes

How we can get the list with all physical units and prefixes from WolframAlpha and make symbols from the result to be equal their corresponding quantities like described in this post?
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How do I make data retrieved from Wolfram|Alpha persist in a notebook?

I want to store hourly temperature readings retrieved from Wolfram|Alpha in an array in my notebook. If this is not possible, then tell me how to preserve the retrieved data in my notebook, so when it ...
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In finding a logarithmic fit for some data (of the form a*Log[b*x]), WolframAlpha succeeds where Mathematica 7.0 fails, why?

I would like to fit a function of the form: $a \log(b x)$ to a set of data: ...
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Nonsense Data with Wolfram Alpha + Mathematica?

I am trying to learn how to interface with WolframAlpha. When I try using the Mathematica interface I get nonsensical data. I don't know if this is a bug or if I'm doing it wrong. My goal is to ...
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WolframAlpha queries unevaluated despite internet connectivity?

WolframAlpha is a built-in symbol in MMA8, yet expressions with WolframAlpha and the equal sign operator remains unevaluated ...
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Attaching WolframAlpha data

I have used WolframAlpha since it was launched (now a pro member) but am new to Mathematica 8. Is there a way to automatically add data from WA to a Mathematica dataset? For example, what if I ...
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Is the Wolfram | Alpha output in Mathematica not Alpha Pro?

Mathematica 8 includes "Wolfram | Alpha integration", but the features of Alpha available in Mathematica seem not to include many of those available in the "Pro" version of Alpha. Does Mathematica 8 ...
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Roughly how many times per day may WolframAlpha[] be used?

The integration of Wolfram|Alpha seems to be one of the (many!) major features of Mathematica 8. Earlier I was reading this Wolfram Blog archive and noticed quite a few articles talking about the use ...