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Why GPT-4 Data Isn’t As Reliable As You Think

Last Updated on April 22, 2024 by Editorial Team

Author(s): John Loewen, PhD

Originally published on Towards AI.

How GPT-4's verified data became my misinformation nightmare
DALL-E image: GPT-4 selling a fake bill of goods.

GPT-4 will “find” whatever you ask it to look for — this includes “research” on statistical information that you may want.

It will find it, and present it in whatever way you ask it to — in a paragraph, a chart, as a poem if you like.

However, as a heavy user over the past year, I have noticed an alarming glitch in how GPT-4 responds to specific statistical research queries.

It’s not accurate — it uses “placeholder” data — without telling you.

How do I know this? First-hand experience.

GPT-4 sold me my own fake news as fact — from my own previously published AI-generated article.

Let me explain what happened.

In the early days of GPT-4, while experimenting with the tool, I wrote an article about how GPT-4 was being heavily adopted by Python programmers to improve their coding workflow.

During the writing of the article, I prompted GPT-4 for some statistics, and it happily generated them for me in the form of 2 sources:

A Stack Overflow Survey from March/2023A Github survey from April/2023

Being a new writer AND new to GPT-4, I thought to myself this is awesome.

Not knowing much about the tool, and in a rush (yes,… Read the full blog for free on Medium.

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