WolframAlpha Is My New Doctor

WolframAlpha Is My New Doctor

Feeling ill? Whatever you do, don’t look at WebMD, unless you enjoy convincing yourself you’re having an aneurysm. But WolframAlpha just made self-internet diagnosis useful.

WolframAlpha launched a medical tools feature today so you can stay at home and play doctor. It aggregates survey data from the CDC to give you a search tool that lets you see how various symptoms (and combinations of them) correlate with various diseases. It also breaks down that data to show distribution actoss a variability of patients’ attributes, like age, weight, height and body mass. It’s oddly kind of fun. And I found out I’m probably not having an aneurysm! Which was a relief.

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