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Issue #4 :: 2024-04-16

Crafting effective prompts is an art as much as a science, transforming the capabilities of Large Language Models (LLMs) to astounding levels. Our latest edition dives deep into the principles and practices that refine the interface between human questions and AI answers. From enhancing clarity and specificity in your queries to tackling complex coding tasks, these strategies empower users to leverage LLMs like never before.

Discover innovative techniques such as Chain of Thought (CoT) and self-consistency to master sophisticated tasks, and explore how prompt engineering, fine-tuning, and retrieval-augmented generation (RAG) each play unique roles in optimizing LLM performance. Each approach offers distinct benefits, whether simplifying interactions, improving accuracy, or incorporating vast external databases into the model's responses.

However, with great power comes great responsibility. Our feature on the real-world exploits and necessary mitigations in LLM applications reveals the darker side of prompt engineering. Highlighted in a recent video from the 37c3 conference, this critical discussion sheds light on what can go wrong when deploying LLMs, emphasizing the importance of robust, secure implementations.

Essential Reads and Videos

26 prompting principles that can boost the LLM's response by staggering 50%

This study cover aspects like Prompt Structure and Clarity, Specificity and Information, and Complex Tasks and Coding Prompts.

Maximizing the Utility of Large Language Models (LLMs) through Prompting

Prompt engineering enhances LLM output by adjusting prompts, particularly using Chain-of-Thought and self-consistency methods for complex reasoning tasks, proving crucial for effective LLM applications.

Prompt Engineering, Fine-Tuning LLMs or RAG: Which Is Best for Your Applications?

Prompt engineering, fine-tuning of large language models (LLMs), and Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) each provide distinct benefits for leveraging LLMs: prompt engineering facilitates intuitive interaction, fine-tuning improves accuracy and reduces costs, and RAG integrates external data for more informed responses. Each method is suited to specific applications depending on the task requirements and available resources.

Real-world exploits and mitigations in LLM applications (37c3) [Video]

LLM Prompting - What could go wrong?

Upcoming conferences

Set a reminder for these upcoming, highly-anticipated search technology events. They are ideal opportunities to connect with leading experts and participate in debates.

Haystack US in Charlottesville - 22-24 April 2024

Community over Code (Apache Solr sessions) in Bratislava - 3-5 June 2024

OpenSearchCon Europe 2024 in Berlin - 6-7 June 2024

Berlin Buzzwords - 09-13 June 2024

Latest releases

Stay up-to-date with the latest releases of search engines:

Apache Solr 9.5.0 (Feb 12, 2024)
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Elasticsearch 8.13.2 (Apr 8, 2024)
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Opensearch 2.13.0 (Apr 3, 2024)
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Apache Lucene 9.10.0 (Feb 20, 2024)
Info | Download 8.330.52 (Apr 16, 2024)
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