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Tips for Engineering Successful Prompts

Prompt engineering involves using clear and concise phrases to elicit optimal responses from the large language model (LLM). Generally speaking, most users will need to continue to prompt incrementally and refine prompts to yield useful answers. Adding to these refined prompts, called threading, also will yield better results, as it will provide the LLM with some context. 

According to the NY Times' On Tech AI newsletter, useful prompts include:

  • “Act as if.”; and
  • “Tell me what else you need to do this.”


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Prompt Engineering Tools

While OpenAI and other LLM purveyors initially provided little guidance in the way of engineering effective prompts, tools exist that can help users both generate and refine their prompts.