Can we pass on an entire word document/multiple word documents as a context for the assistance model to respond based on user queries related to the documents?
We are glad to have you here. The answer to your question is “YES” we can but you have to consider the side effects of passing entire document/multiple documents as context which includes:
1- Input Size Limitation:Language models have a fixed-size input limitation. Passing large documents directly could exceed this limit, leading to incomplete processing of the content.
2- Preprocessing Required: To use the model effectively, you should preprocess the documents and extract relevant content or segments. This may involve identifying key passages, summarizing, or concatenating multiple documents into a manageable context string.
3- Context Retention Limitation : While the model can process context, its ability to retain long-term context is limited. If you present context as part of a conversation, it may lose track of information from earlier parts of the conversation.
So now after you knew the side effects from doing that let’s now go to best practices for using a language model with context from documents.
Extract Relevant Content : Preprocess the documents and extract relevant information, passages, or sections to provide as context. This ensures that the context stays within the model’s input limits.
Segment and Concatenate : If you have multiple documents, process them individually, and then concatenate the relevant parts into a single context string.
Use in Conversational Format : Present context in a conversational format, asking questions related to the content, to utilize the model’s conversational abilities effectively.
Consider Specialized Tools : For handling larger texts and documents more efficiently, consider using dedicated NLP tools or document management systems.
I hope now you have a good overview about how to effectively use language model with context from documents.
There are a lot of interesting uses in this area. Here, you can check out some tools/plugins that aim to expand chatbot functionality to cover file inputs like documents for some ideas about what’s possible: Plugins (makeuseof.com)