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The Simple Principle Behind Retrieval Augmented Generation in Large Language Models
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The Simple Principle Behind Retrieval Augmented Generation in Large Language Models

Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Editorial Team

Author(s): Krupesh Raikar

Originally published on Towards AI.

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In a timeframe that can only be best described as a blink of an eye, large language models have exploded in the general public consciousness.

Even if you have nothing to do with tech, you (and your grandma) have heard of ChatGPT!

It’s easy, accessible, and mighty — even on the free tier.

ChatGPT is pretty good at tackling general questions like:

What is the speed of a rock in free fall from a height of 10 meters?

But what if you want it to calculate something proprietary, like:

What is the exact trajectory of landing a SpaceX rocket?

In the first case, it gets the answer correct (14 m/s in case you were wondering), but in the second case…


Were you a SpaceX employee, you wouldn’t want to risk inputting your proprietary data into an external LLM — that could be a big security risk for the organization!

What do you do in such a case where proprietary documents are involved?Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could pose questions to your documents too?

Well, one of the methods is to train an LLM with your data.

If you wish to do that, I hope you have a billion dollars in the bank, or you… Read the full blog for free on Medium.

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