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Finicky Wolfram Alpha even for math input

Posted 7 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.

POSTED BY: B Desco
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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 BY: Sander Huisman
Posted 7 months ago

Just use other software.
Ah yes, of course that is the answer I am looking for.
Thanks!

POSTED BY: B Desco
Posted 7 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 BY: B Desco

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.

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POSTED BY: Ahmed Elbanna
Posted 7 months ago

Ah yes. Don't mention Markdown anywhere and expect new users just to know... Still crazy to me.

POSTED BY: B Desco
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