Wolfram Alpha is too smart for me

I’ve been playing around with Wolfram Alpha and I have to say… I don’t get it. I don’t understand the pattern of what works and what doesn’t.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae: great result. Saccharomyces: no result, not even a category guess.

San Diego county income per capita: great result. One of their own examples uses the term “income per capita” with a county name, so I am not surprised it gives a good result.
San Diego county homeless: no result. Ditto for homelessness and every other permutation I’ve tried.
San Diego county median income: no result for San Diego county or just San Diego, nor with area median income which is a widely used term. So what’s the clue you have to use the magic words “income per capita?”

I know it’s alpha and I it’s more physical-sciences/math oriented which I don’t have much call for, but I just can’t see any pattern of what the magic words are that get you to the good stuff and how you are supposed to be able to guess those magic words. It does do a pretty nice job on drug names if you’re looking for basic chemical stuff.

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Posted on May 18, 2009, in Jobby Stuff. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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