Got a linguistic fluff problem?

May 4th, 2009

Finally, a way to remove all of that annoying ‘linguistic fluff’! A BBC article on Wolfram Alpha describes it as better than Google.

“A web tool that ‘could be as important as Google’, according to some experts, has been shown off to the public. Wolfram Alpha is the brainchild of British-born physicist Stephen Wolfram. The free program aims to answer questions directly, rather than display web pages in response to a query like a search engine.”

But wait, there’s more…

“In addition, he said, the system had got ‘pretty good at removing linguistic fluff’, the kinds of words that are not necessary for the system to find and compute the relevant data.”