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# Finicky Wolfram Alpha even for math input

Posted 10 months ago
 Even with pure math questions I find Wolfram Alpha still finicky.Is there a syntax that would always lead to a correct interpretation? For example in the field of logic. 1. not(A and B and C) and not(D and E and F) and (A or D) -> ok 2. table not(A and B and C) and not(D and E and F) -> ok 3. not(A and B and C) and not(D and E and F) and (A or D) -> not ok I can play around with && instead of and, switch lower and upper case. I can copy the 'plain text interpretation' of the (simpler) expressions WA seems to get.For example "Truth table A and B" > click on 'plain text' in the interpretation panel and I get - truth table | A ∧ B - ResourceFunction["TruthTable"][A && B, {A, B}]And work with those syntaxes to get a result for more complex expressions.But then again if I try: - truth table | (I ⊻ M) ∧ (J ⊻ N) ∧ (K ⊻ O) ∧ (L ⊻ P)WA doesn't get it. While - truth table | (i ⊻ M) ∧ (J ⊻ N) ∧ (K ⊻ O) ∧ (L ⊻ P)gets some interpretation "Assuming i is the imaginary unit | Use i as a variable instead". If I then click on 'variable' I get the desired truth table. Why is there no math syntax that leaves WA no room for misinterpretation?Thanks.
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Posted 10 months ago
 Why is there no math syntax that leaves WA no room for misinterpretation? The short answer is: this is why we have Mathematica either on your desktop or the online version.
Posted 10 months ago
 Just use other software.Ah yes, of course that is the answer I am looking for.Thanks!
Posted 10 months ago
 OMG even in writing this post, input is finicky. I had some nice indentation and lists to make the post more readable, using the buttons above the input panel. But these were just ignored and I can't make it to work. So even here suggested syntax doesn't work. Crazy.
Posted 10 months ago
 Hi,You should have a look at the markdown help button to learn more about comments input here. We retouched it for you a bit.
Posted 10 months ago
 Ah yes. Don't mention Markdown anywhere and expect new users just to know... Still crazy to me.