A while back, we introduced a really neat website called Wolfram Alpha, an answer engine developed by Wolfram Research. It’s an online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from structured data. Wolfram Alpha was amazing before, but recently it just got better: now you can input numeric or tabular data right into the browser and Wolfram Alpha will instantly analyze it. It will handle not only pure numbers, but also dates, places, strings, and more.

This feature is part of Wolfram Alpha Pro. It’s Wolfram with many more options for data analysis and computational knowledge. The only thing is, you have to pay a monthly price to use this service. Of course this is not what anyone on a budget wants to hear, but the good news is that there is a special student rate available ($2.99/month).

So what can Wolfram Alpha Pro do? Here is an example given by the website that analyzes the relationship between GDP and homicide for African countries:

Scatter plot:

Histograms: Below is an example of a bivariate histogram (shows both variables) but Wolfram will also give you histograms on each variable.

Heat map of GDP:

Wolfram doesn’t stop there. Browse the examples  that the website gives to explore how you can get results from uploaded datasets. This website has been famously known for answering computational questions on the fly. This new feature provided by the Pro version will help bring about a new dimension to your data, especially if you want some quick data visualization.

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