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Advanced Contextual Preamble (ACP): A Novel Prompt Engineering Technique for Enhancing Corporate AI Model Interactions and Streamlining User Experiences

Advanced Contextual Preamble (ACP): A Novel Prompt Engineering Technique for Enhancing Corporate AI Model Interactions and Streamlining User Experiences

Abstract: Prompt engineering is a crucial aspect of AI model interactions. It acts as the steering wheel that directs AI responses towards relevance and precision. Despite its importance, there’s often a gap between the potential of AI models and their actual performance. This research note introduces the Advanced Contextual Preamble (ACP), a novel prompt engineering technique aimed to bridge this gap. By offering detailed context to an AI model before the task, ACP promises to significantly improve the relevancy and precision of AI responses. This enhances the efficacy of AI model interactions. To encourage exploration of the ACP, an ACP Generator prompt, serving as a practical example, has been developed and is detailed in the appendix.

Research Note

As AI models continue to evolve at a rapid pace, developing innovative strategies for optimizing their interactions becomes crucial. These strategies, referred to as “prompt engineering,” shape the model’s responses and enhance their precision. They encompass a range of techniques – from setting roles (prompt priming), offering explicit output instructions (active instruction), tweaking model parameters for desired randomness (temperature and top-p control), to providing examples of both desired and undesired responses (negative and positive prompting).

The Advanced Contextual Preamble (ACP) emerges as a unique form of prompt engineering. It stands out because the ACP defines the task’s scope, constraints, and objectives, which encapsulates the AI model in a rich contextual bubble. This technique streamlines the model’s response generation pathway, making it more accurate and relevant.

Applying the ACP

Imagine working on a project with a specific tech stack, a pre-existing codebase, and other intricate details. Instead of explaining these aspects repetitively, the ACP technique allows you to include all this relevant information upfront. By doing so, the AI model is better informed, which leads to more accurate responses and a reduced need for clarifications. Time saved, efficiency improved, and interactions streamlined – that’s the promise of ACP.

The ACP Generator Prompt: A Practical Tool for Exploration

To help both researchers and practitioners explore the potential of the ACP technique, we have developed the ACP Generator prompt. It takes a user-provided description as an input, generates an ACP based on it. Then the generated ACP is used to guide the AI model’s responses.

The ACP Generator prompt is an excellent starting point for experimenting with different variations of ACP, observing their impact on AI model interactions, and refining them further. It’s a tool that promotes exploration, facilitating a deeper understanding of the ACP technique and its synergies with other prompt engineering strategies.

Incorporating the ACP into Corporate Environments

One of the substantial benefits of the ACP is its adaptability to corporate environments. Specifically, platform engineers can employ the ACP Generator Prompt to construct predefined AI prompts. These prompts, meticulously crafted to be detailed and comprehensive, serve as an information reservoir for AI models, setting a foundation for more nuanced and relevant responses.

After creating these predefined prompts, they are shared in a corporate prompt gateway. It is a central repository that acts as a bridge between the AI model and end-users. The gateway not only stores the prompts but also provides a mechanism to enhance them with parametric user prompts, enabling customization and adaptability based on specific user requirements.

Streamlining User Interactions with the Prompt Gateway

The integration of the ACP with the prompt gateway significantly streamlines user interaction. When an end-user invokes a prompt, they are presented with a simple form to fill out the parameters. These parameters, designed to capture crucial user requirements and contextual specifics, feed into the predefined ACP prompts.

The Advanced Contextual Prompt (ACP) being used in a corproate environment, Source: Vernon Keenan

The result is a customized, highly relevant ACP that guides the AI model with minimal input from the end-user. The prompt gateway then executes the enhanced prompt, simplifying the interaction process and leading to more accurate and efficient problem-solving. This setup is another testament to the flexibility of the ACP, reinforcing its potential as a powerful tool in AI model interactions in both research and practical applications.

Looking Ahead

While preliminary applications have demonstrated the potential of the ACP technique, there’s a significant scope for further research to explore its full capabilities and potential extensions. Our exploration of the ACP technique started from efforts to improve prompt engineering techniques for Salesforce Apex programmers, and has now expanded to a broader spectrum of applications.

We hope that this research note sparks further investigation into the Advanced Contextual Preamble technique. Its potential applications span a wide range of domains, from software development to creative writing, and we encourage you to experiment with the ACP Generator prompt. Share your experiences, improvements, and new ideas. Together, let’s reinforce the ACP’s position as a versatile tool in the ever-evolving field of AI model interactions.

Appendix A – The ACP Generator Prompt

This ACP generator prompt is used as the System Message using GPT-4 Chat Completions API or simply pasted in a ChatGPT session. Please note, the ACP generator prompt only generates ACPs for topics highlighted in bold. Other researchers may want to shape generated ACPs for other topics.

Appendix B – Sample ACP Prompt

This ACP prompt was generated using the ACP Generator prompt with the prompt “an ai pair programmer for refactoring Apex code in Salesforce.”

Relevant Research

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Oppenlaender, Jonas, Rhema Linder, and Johanna Silvennoinen. “Prompting AI Art: An Investigation into the Creative Skill of Prompt Engineering.” arXiv, March 13, 2023.

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Keywords: Advanced Contextual Preamble, ACP, AI model interaction, prompt engineering, AI response optimization, ACP Generator prompt.