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Chat With Your PDF Using OpenAI Assistant API
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Chat With Your PDF Using OpenAI Assistant API

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Editorial Team

Author(s): Youssef Hosni

Originally published on Towards AI.

Getting Started with OpenAI Assistant API

The Assistants API allows you to build AI assistants within your own applications. An Assistant has instructions and can leverage models, tools, and knowledge to respond to user queries. The Assistants API currently supports three tools: Code Interpreter, Retrieval, and Function calling. In the future, we plan to release more OpenAI-built tools and allow you to provide your own tools on our platform.

At a high level, a typical integration of the Assistants API has the following flow:

Create an Assistant in the API by defining its custom instructions and picking a model. If helpful, enable tools like Code Interpreter, Retrieval, and Function calling.Create a Thread when a user starts a conversation.Add Messages to the Thread as the user asks questions.Run the Assistant on the Thread to trigger responses. This automatically calls the relevant tools.

In this article, we will use the Assistant API to chat with our PDF and ask questions to get its answers.

How does Assistant API Work?Installing OpenAIUpload Files to OpenAICreate OpenAI AssistantCreate a ThreadAdd a Message to a ThreadRun The AssistantDisplay The Assistant ResponseLimitations

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