Historical research is a critical aspect of understanding the past and how it shapes the present. It involves the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data from the past to gain insights into historical events, people, and societies. As technology continues to advance, the field of historical research is also evolving. One of the latest and most promising developments in this field is the use of retrieval augmented generation (RAG) for historical research. In this blog, we will explore what RAG is, its benefits for researchers, marketers, and organizations, and how it can revolutionize historical research.
What is Retrieval Augmented Generation?
Retrieval augmented generation is a technique that combines natural language processing (NLP) with large language models to retrieve and generate text. It involves using a large dataset of historical documents, such as newspapers, books, and letters, as input for a language model. The model then uses this information to generate new text that is relevant to the input data. This process is repeated multiple times, allowing the model to learn and improve its output with each iteration. The result is a text that is both comprehensive and coherent, making it an ideal tool for historical research.
The Benefits of RAG for Historical Research
One of the main benefits of RAG for historical research is its ability to generate text that is relevant and accurate. Traditional methods of historical research often involve manually searching through vast amounts of data, which can be time-consuming and prone to human error. With RAG, researchers can input a specific query or topic and receive a comprehensive and relevant response, saving them time and effort. This allows researchers to focus on analysis and interpretation rather than spending hours on data collection.
Additionally, RAG can handle complex and nuanced language, making it an ideal tool for studying historical documents that may contain archaic or colloquial language. This allows researchers to gain a deeper understanding of the past and uncover new insights that may have been missed with traditional methods.
Marketers can also benefit greatly from RAG in their historical research. By using large language models, RAG can analyze vast amounts of data and identify patterns and trends that may not be apparent to humans. This can help marketers gain a better understanding of consumer behavior, preferences, and sentiments over time. With this information, marketers can create more targeted and effective marketing strategies.
Furthermore, RAG can also assist in content creation for marketing campaigns. By inputting specific keywords or topics, RAG can generate text that is relevant and engaging, saving marketers time and resources. This can be especially useful for creating historical content, such as articles, social media posts, and advertisements.
Organizations can also benefit from RAG in their historical research efforts. By using RAG, organizations can better understand their industry’s history and how it has evolved over time. This can provide valuable insights for decision-making and strategic planning. RAG can also assist in identifying potential risks and opportunities based on historical data analysis, allowing organizations to make more informed and data-driven decisions.
Furthermore, RAG can be used to create interactive and engaging visualizations of historical data, making it easier for organizations to communicate their findings to stakeholders and the public. This can be especially helpful for educational institutions, museums, and other organizations that focus on historical information.
Retrieval augmented generation has the potential to revolutionize historical research by providing researchers, marketers, and organizations with a powerful and efficient tool for data analysis and text generation. With its ability to retrieve and generate relevant and accurate text, RAG can save time and effort in data collection and provide new insights into the past. As technology continues to advance, RAG will only become more sophisticated and valuable, making it an essential tool for any historical research project.
How To Use Speak’s Retrieval Augmented Generation For Historical 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 Historical 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 Historical 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 Historical 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 Historical 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 Historical 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 Historical 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!
Speak Magic Prompts Pricing
Our team at Speak Ai continues to optimize the pricing for Magic Prompts and Speak as a whole.
Right now, anyone in the 14-day trial of Speak gets 100,000 characters included in their account.
If you need more characters, you can easily include Speak Magic Prompts in your plan when you create a subscription.
You can also upgrade the number of characters in your account if you already have a subscription.
Both options are available on the subscription page.
Alternatively, you can use Speak Magic Prompts by adding a balance to your account. The balance will be used as you analyze characters.
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