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Siri and Pokemon – Together at Last

Siri loves Pokemon! At least you can pretend she does, thanks to Wolfram Alpha, the “knowledge engine” who’s extensive database of information is accessible via Siri on an capable Apple device.

Wolfram Alpha has taken the numerous number-based statistics for all of the many Pokemon, and put them into their easier searchable database for easy access, and sorting. Wolfram’s Michael Feltes said in a blog post last week

It’s not all abstract algebra and organic chemistry here at Wolfram HQ. From time to time, we like to take a piece of pop culture and put our own spin on the subject.

and citing that Pokemon make a very easy and desirable target for the company because

In many ways, Pokémon are an ideal subject for a computable knowledge engine. They have a set of well-defined characteristics with lots of numbers to which we can apply our analytic capabilities. Heck, Pokémon come complete with their own unique identifiers from the game’s internal database, the Pokémon Index, or Pokédex.

Wolfram is also working hard to get Nintendo’s latest entries into the series, Pokemon X and Y, put into their database. So if you’re reading this on your iPhone, and you’re curious which Pokemon has the strongest special attack, is the slowest, or has the weakest defense, just hold down the home button and ask Siri — we did!

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Thanks to the Wolfram Alpha Blog and Polygon for this story.

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