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Data Visuals Gone Bad: Avoiding Common GPT-4 Prompting Pitfalls
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Data Visuals Gone Bad: Avoiding Common GPT-4 Prompting Pitfalls

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Editorial Team

Author(s): John Loewen, PhD

Originally published on Towards AI.

GPT-4 prompting tips for best-practices data visualizations
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ChatGPT has greatly simplified the process for analyzing and visualizing datasets.

With the Python pandas and matplotlib libraries, GPT4 can visualize your charts, graphs, and maps on the fly without blinking an eye.

Boom, there they are.

But they don’t always look optimal — in fact, sometimes they look like shit.

And that can make you very frustrated — frustrated enough to start cursing out the tool that you are trying to use to help solve the problem.

So can we get this “lousy-intern” AI tool back on track, or better yet, just keep it on track?

Here are some common pitfalls and some tips on how to avoid them.

Recently, I was working on a development dataset, and I was prompting GPT-4 to get some ideas on what visuals might be useful.

Prompt to GPT-4: Using the PDF file provided, please come up with some interesting and informative data visualizations that showcase this data.

In its infinite wisdom, GPT-4 generated this shit-show:

GPT-4 shows a lack of common sense on data visualizations

Response from GPT-4: This visualization provides a clear comparison of literacy rates across different countries.


Quantitatively accurate, yes. Clear and/or useful? Not so much.

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