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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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How to compare power towers in Mathematica?

First I tried it directly, but it overflowed: ...
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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 ...
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How to get Company Logo or Image

I can see that companies have a logo in Wolfram|Alpha when I type in their name but I can't get them in Mathematica. For example searching for Apple, Inc. in W|A one of the outputs is the Apple logo. ...
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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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Flying to Australia

I want to compare different flight routes to Australia and their lengths. So far I have written: ...
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A femme is a wife is a Frau

As can be seen from LanguageData["Properties"] // Multicolumn Mathematica's translation capabilities seem to be very limited. It can translate month names, ...
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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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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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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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Returning computable numbers from WolframAlpha

WolframAlpha["Apple company revenue", {{"Result", 1}, "Plaintext"}] Desired output 182800000000 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Possible to batch WolframAlpha queries?

Sometimes I want some country data not available from CountryData. And issuing things like: ...
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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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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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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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Which Mathematica syntaxes are unavailable in Wolfram Alpha? [closed]

Do you get the sense that Wolfram Alpha plays dumb sometimes? Like sometimes I can get it to obey a Flatten command by itself, or maybe Flatten and Sort, but if I try to put that into a Table, it ...
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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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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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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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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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Converting in various currencies

I was just playing around with Mathematica converting some currencies: ...
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Want Wolfram|Alpha to assume $n$ is an integer [closed]

I would rather use Wolfram|Alpha on my iPad then Mathematica, so I need your answer to be applicable to W|A. I want to input a function or an expression in a way that Wolfram|Alpha will understand ...
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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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converting miles into inches from wolframalpha

I was creating a simple quiz. I noticed that wolframalpha converts 0.25 miles into 15800 inches while google converts it into 15840 inches. Is it a bug or did I make some miscalculation?
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How to calculate a double indefinite integral [closed]

I need to calculate double integral as shown below. I used the Classroom Assistant palette to write the integral. How can I enter it as ordinary text, i.e., ...
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Subscript in Wolfram|Alpha [closed]

How can I make a subscript in Wolfram|Alpha? "_" does not work obviously. Can somebody help me out here?
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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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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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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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How to ask for numbers that are relatively prime? [closed]

How do I run a computation on wolfram alpha that returns a list of numbers that satisfy an expression. For example gcd(k,24)=1, k=1..23 Given that, I want it to ...
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What is going on here? (Wolfram|Alpha) [closed]

When I alter the input by removing a space next to the x, I get a completely different result on Wolfram|Alpha -- why is this? ...
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How do I find the equation of line based on two points in WolframAlpha? [closed]

What would be the proper syntax to enter in WolframAlpha to find the equation of line, if I know two points on it. I know how to do it by hand, but I want to get into the proper syntax of WA.
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Recurrence relation: Find a recurrence and evaluate (on WolframAlpha) [closed]

I am trying to get WolframAlpha to solve a recurrence and evaluate a result in one query. For example: If ...
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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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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 ...