Retrieval Augmented Generation For Applied Research
Applied research is a type of research that is focused on solving practical problems and generating useful knowledge that can be applied in real-world situations. Unlike basic research which seeks to expand knowledge and understanding in a particular field, applied research is more geared towards finding practical solutions and improving existing systems.
In today’s fast-paced and data-driven world, the demand for accurate and efficient research methods has never been greater. With the rise of new technologies and advancements in artificial intelligence, researchers and organizations are constantly looking for ways to improve their research processes and gain a competitive edge.
One such innovation that has revolutionized the field of applied research is retrieval augmented generation. In this article, we will explore what retrieval augmented generation is, how it can benefit researchers, marketers, and organizations, and how it can be used in applied research.
The Definition of Retrieval Augmented Generation
Retrieval augmented generation (RAG) is a technique that combines the power of retrieval-based models and generative models to produce high-quality text. Retrieval-based models use a pre-defined set of responses to generate text, while generative models use large language models to generate text from scratch. By combining these two approaches, RAG is able to produce more diverse and coherent text.
In simpler terms, RAG takes a question or prompt as input and uses a combination of existing text and AI-generated responses to produce a more comprehensive and accurate answer. This makes it an ideal tool for applied research as it allows researchers to quickly and efficiently gather information and insights from a large pool of data.
The Benefits of RAG for Researchers
As a researcher, the ability to quickly and accurately analyze large amounts of data is crucial. RAG offers several benefits that make it an essential tool for any researcher:
1. Faster and more efficient research
With RAG, researchers can quickly retrieve information from a large pool of data and generate comprehensive responses. This saves a significant amount of time and effort, allowing researchers to focus on other aspects of their research.
2. Improved accuracy and diversity of responses
RAG’s ability to combine existing text with AI-generated responses results in more accurate and diverse answers. This is especially useful in cases where there is a wide range of possible responses to a particular question or prompt.
3. Easy integration with existing research processes
RAG can easily be integrated into existing research processes, making it a seamless addition to any research project. This means that researchers do not have to completely overhaul their methods to incorporate RAG, making it a cost-effective solution.
The Benefits of RAG for Marketers and Organizations
RAG is not only useful for researchers, but it also offers several benefits for marketers and organizations:
1. Better understanding of target audience
RAG can be used to analyze large amounts of data and generate insights about a target audience. This can help marketers and organizations better understand their audience’s needs, preferences, and behaviors, allowing them to tailor their strategies accordingly.
2. Improved customer engagement
By using RAG to analyze customer feedback and generate responses, organizations can improve their customer engagement and satisfaction. This can lead to increased brand loyalty and customer retention.
3. Competitive advantage
In today’s competitive market, having access to cutting-edge research methods can give organizations a significant advantage. By utilizing RAG, organizations can stay ahead of the curve and make data-driven decisions that lead to success.
Examples of RAG in Applied Research
RAG has already been successfully used in various research projects, demonstrating its effectiveness in producing high-quality text. Some examples include:
– In a study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, RAG was used to analyze social media data and generate responses to questions about COVID-19. This allowed researchers to quickly gather insights and track the spread of misinformation about the pandemic.
– In another study, RAG was used to analyze customer feedback and generate responses for a company’s customer service chatbot. This not only improved the accuracy and efficiency of the chatbot but also provided valuable insights for the company to improve their products and services.
In conclusion, retrieval augmented generation is a powerful tool that has the potential to revolutionize the field of applied research. Its ability to quickly retrieve information and generate accurate and diverse responses makes it an essential tool for researchers, marketers, and organizations.
By incorporating RAG into their research processes, researchers can save time and effort, while marketers and organizations can gain valuable insights about their target audience and improve their customer engagement. With the continuous advancements in AI and technology, the potential for RAG in applied research is limitless, making it a must-have tool for any research project.
How To Use Speak’s Retrieval Augmented Generation For Applied Research
Step 1: Create Your Speak Account
To start your transcription and analysis, you first need to create a Speak account. No worries, this is super easy to do!
Get a 14-day trial with 30 minutes of free audio and video transcription and analysis included when you sign up for Speak.
To sign up for Speak and start using Speak Magic Prompts with retrieval augmented generation, just visit the Speak app register page here.
Step 2: Upload Your Applied Research
We typically recommend MP4s for video or MP3s for audio.
However, we accept a range of audio, video and text file types.
You can upload your file for transcription in several ways using Speak:
Accepted Audio File Types
Accepted Video File Types
Accepted Text File Types
- Word Doc
You can also upload CSVs of text files or audio and video files. You can learn more about CSV uploads and download Speak-compatible CSVs here.
With the CSVs, you can upload anything from dozens of YouTube videos to thousands of Applied Research files.
Publicly Available URLs
You can also upload media to Speak through a publicly available URL.
As long as the file type extension is available at the end of the URL you will have no problem importing your recording for automatic transcription and analysis.
Speak is compatible with YouTube videos. All you have to do is copy the URL of the YouTube video (for example, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKfcLcHeivc).
Speak will automatically find the file, calculate the length, and import the video.
If using YouTube videos, please make sure you use the full link and not the shortened YouTube snippet. Additionally, make sure you remove the channel name from the URL.
This library of integrations continues to grow! Have a request? Feel encouraged to send us a message.
Step 3: Calculate and Pay the Total Automatically
Once you have your file(s) ready and load it into Speak, it will automatically calculate the total cost (you get 30 minutes of audio and video free in the 14-day trial – take advantage of it!).
If you are uploading text data into Speak, you do not currently have to pay any cost. Only the Speak Magic Prompts analysis would create a fee which will be detailed below.
Once you go over your 30 minutes or need to use Speak Magic Prompts, you can pay by subscribing to a personalized plan using our real-time calculator.
Step 4: Wait for Speak to Analyze Your Applied Research
If you are uploading audio and video, our automated transcription software will prepare your transcript quickly. Once completed, you will get an email notification that your transcript is complete.
That email will contain a link back to the file so you can access the interactive media player with the transcript, analysis, and export formats ready for you.
If you are importing CSVs or uploading text files Speak will generally analyze the information much more quickly.
Speak will automatically embed your data in a well-architected vector database which allows you to use retrieval augmented generation for Applied Research.
Step 5: Visit Your File Or Folder
Speak is capable of analyzing both individual files and entire folders of data.
When you are viewing any individual file in Speak, all you have to do is click on the “Prompts” button.
If you want to analyze many files, all you have to do is add the files you want to analyze into a folder within Speak.
You can do that by adding new files into Speak or you can organize your current files into your desired folder with the software’s easy editing functionality.
Step 6: Select Speak Magic Prompts To Analyze Your Applied Research
What Are Magic Prompts?
Speak Magic Prompts leverage innovation in artificial intelligence models often referred to as “generative AI”.
These models have analyzed huge amounts of data from across the internet to gain an understanding of language.
With that understanding, these “large language models” are capable of performing mind-bending tasks!
With Speak Magic Prompts, you can now perform those tasks on the audio, video and text data in your Speak account.
Retrieval augmented generation is what makes these Magic Prompts work so well.
Step 7: Select or Create Your Assistant Type
To help you get better results from Speak Magic Prompts, Speak has introduced “Assistant Type”.
These assistant types pre-set and provide context to the prompt engine for more concise, meaningful outputs based on your needs.
To begin, we have included:
Choose the most relevant assistant type from the dropdown.
You can also create your own custom Assistant Template Type.
If you visit the new page Account Preferences, you can see there is now an area where you can create your own custom Assistant.
This allows you to set the context of the engine for higher quality and more consistent outputs.
For example, you could say:
“We are [COMPANY NAME]. We are analyzing [DATA] to understand how to improve [GOAL]. We want all responses to be concise and in table format.”.
This becomes a reusable template in any of your manual or automated Magic Prompts.
You can create multiple templates for different use cases.
As an example, the analysis you run on a focus group may be different than a one-on-one interview.
Step 8: Create Or Select Your Desired Prompt
Here are some examples prompts that you can apply to any file right now:
- Create a SWOT Analysis
- Give me the top action items
- Create a bullet point list summary
- Tell me the key issues that were left unresolved
- Tell me what questions were asked
A modal will pop up so you can use the suggested prompts we shared above to instantly and magically get your answers.
If you have your own prompts you want to create, select “Custom Prompt” from the dropdown and another text box will open where you can ask anything you want of your data!
Step 9: Review & Share Responses
Speak will generate a concise response for you in a text box below the prompt selection dropdown. With Chat enabled, you can also continue to query that data to reveal more insights and reformat the information to your needs.
In this example, we ask to analyze all the Applied Research in the folder at once for the top product dissatisfiers.
You can easily copy that response for your presentations, content, emails, team members and more!
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