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June 04, 2009

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What about Wolfram Alpha?

Wolfram Alpha fares better with the question, although one can download the data only as PDF or Mathematica notebook. On the positive side, it even plots the data for you.

Google squares is a shocker, where 'problem of data quality' is an understatement. Data presented in each column are very heterogeneous and would require quite a bit of fiddling to make it into something usable.

Both Wolfram and Google perform really badly when looking at data from other countries (even English speaking ones).

I quite like this search -- "mountain heights," the first thing that popped in my head: http://www.google.com/squared/search?q=mountain+heights

Still in Beta I suppose.

I agree with your criticisms - next 10 is annoying but I think they did it because Google^2 is compute/data intensive. The export to CSV would have been nice....

I disagree with your pessimism about the product - this is a Labs - so they are throwing it out there to let people play it. Lets hope that enough people use it to motivate google to improve it....thank you Google for another amazing product!

Google Squared appears to be similar to my patent application:

Frankly, I am getting a Déjà vu effect while going through the “Google Squared” application because it appears to be very similar in function to my United States patent application which was filed on April 12, 2007 and as publicly disclosed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on October 16, 2008, when the patent application was published.

My patent application is titled as “Method And System For Research Using Computer Based Simultaneous Comparison And Contrasting Of A Multiplicity Of Subjects Having Specific Attributes Within Specific Contexts” bearing Document Number “20080256023” and Inventor name “Nair Satheesh” which may be viewed at http://patft.uspto.gov/ upon Patent Applications: Quick Search.

Google Squared appears to be using at least some if not many of the same methods and systems as set forth by me more than two years ago in my patent application. In fact there are many more methods and systems disclosed in my patent application which I believe will help resolve certain inaccuracies found in current Google Squared application.

I have issued legal notices to Google through my Patent Attorney in the US but Google has not responded yet to any of my notices.

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