ChaCha Partners with Wolfram|Alpha to Bring Computational Knowledge to Q&A
ChaCha enhances the depth, accuracy, and speed of its Q&A service by delivering computed facts.
CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS AND INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA—June 28, 2011—ChaCha, the #1 free real-time question-and-answer service, is increasing the breadth and accuracy of its offerings by adding computational knowledge from Wolfram|Alpha, an online service that answers factual queries. The Wolfram|Alpha integration provides ChaCha users with instantly computed facts and answers to their questions from over 100 topic areas, such as demographics, definitions, mathematics, geography, and celebrity facts.
A wide range of Wolfram|Alpha-powered responses to questions like "What is the inverse of Xlog3(4)?", "How many calories are in a nectarine?", and "How old is Snoop Dogg?" are available across ChaCha's services.
"At ChaCha we are constantly looking at ways in which we can better our users' experience and provide the fastest and most accurate answers to their questions," said Scott Jones, ChaCha's CEO. "By partnering with Wolfram|Alpha and tapping into their vast database of computational knowledge, we are enhancing the scope and efficiency of our service."
In the partnership's first day, Wolfram|Alpha answered 32,000 of ChaCha's incoming questions.
"ChaCha has historically used people to answer difficult questions to ensure a high-quality answer. ChaCha's decision to incorporate the world's largest curated data repository, made accessible via free-form queries, is a natural extension of ChaCha's service and will dramatically broaden the topics covered by instant, accurate answers," said Wolfram|Alpha's Schoeller Porter, Architect, Developer Relations. "This match up with ChaCha also opens up Wolfram|Alpha to the larger community served by mobile applications and SMS text messaging."
Wolfram Alpha LLC is a Wolfram Research company. Wolfram|Alpha's long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. The company aims to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Wolfram|Alpha builds on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.
ChaCha is the leading free real-time answers service. Through its unique "ask-a-smart-friend" platform, ChaCha has answered more than one billion questions since launch from more than 25 million unique users per month via online (ChaCha.com), mobile text (242-242), iPhone app, Android app, and voice (1-800-2-ChaCha™). Working with major brands such as Paramount, AT&T, Palm, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and hundreds of others, ChaCha is one of the fastest growing mobile and online publishers according to Nielsen, comScore, and Quantcast.