Wolfram Predictive Interface Heads Up Broad New Capabilities of Mathematica 9
November 28, 2012—With today's release of Mathematica
9, Wolfram is pushing the boundaries of usability, automation, data science, and a host of
other fields with more than 400 new capabilities.
One highlight is the Wolfram Predictive Interface—a suite of features that intelligently
suggests what to try next based on sophisticated heuristics and data from millions of Wolfram|Alpha
"Even before 9, Mathematica was the broadest, deepest computation system in the world.
And as scope increases, so do usability challenges," says Conrad Wolfram, Director of Strategic
Development. "Our new Predictive Interface really helps. Getting Mathematica to think ahead
means not only newcomers but all Mathematica users can access its power far more
Usability improvements are an important part of the company's mission of empowerment through
computation, but only one aspect of Mathematica 9's improvements, which span many fields and
"Democratizing computation is one of our enduring missions," says Wolfram. "We optimize what's
possible in each field, then empower specialists in other fields as well as consumers to harness it
One such field is data science. Mathematica 9 supports this major emerging area with
unique new functionality and automation. Analysis and visualization of statistical data and social networks
(e.g. for Facebook, Twitter) is fully integrated with existing capabilities such as instant
interactivity, computable documents, and symbolic computation.
"With Mathematica 9, we're adding to an already powerful and rich computational
environment, and continuing to integrate new areas with Mathematica's unique hybrid
symbolic-numeric computation engine," says Roger Germundsson, Director of Research & Development.
In all, Mathematica 9 adds or improves 57 application areas alongside many other
features. Highlights include:
- The new Wolfram Predictive Interface, which dramatically improves navigation and
discovery of Mathematica's functionality—part of Wolfram's Compute-as-You-Think
- New graph and network analysis, including built-in links for Facebook, LinkedIn,
Twitter, and more
- Highly integrated units support, including free-form linguistic entry, conversions, and
dimensional consistency checking across graphics and numeric and symbolic calculations
- Major new data science, probability, and statistics functionality, including survival and
reliability analysis, Markov chains, queueing theory, time series, and stochastic differential
- R language fully integrated into Mathematica workflow for seamless data and code
- 3D volumetric image processing and out-of-core technology that scales up performance to
very large 2D and 3D images and video
- Integrated analog and digital signal processing
For a fuller description of new technologies, ideas, and directions from the creator of
Mathematica, see CEO
Stephen Wolfram's blog post.
Mathematica 9 is available immediately for Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X, and Linux x86.
More product details are available on the Mathematica website.