RPIrates: Fun with OpenAI, GPTStudio and R!

RPIrates: The RPI R Users Group
John S.Erickson
Dir. of Research Operations
The Renssleaer IDEA
Amos Eaton 217, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Tue, February 14, 2023 at 6:00 PM
Pizza and goodies will be served started at 5:30p
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Seemingly everyone has been talking about the impact of OpenAI's ChatGPT on, well, everything​, including writing code.  In this very special RPIrates we'll talk specifically about generating great, and sometimes not-so-great, R code based on OpenAI's "Codex" models, which are easily accessed via the OpenAI API with the help of RStudio extensions (addins) provided by the GPTStudio package. After a quick icebreaker in which we'll demo GPTStudio in action, we'll briefly review transformer neural networks; we'll talk about how code completion tools like Microsoft's IntelliCode Compose apply TNN frameworks to write scarily excellent code; we'll tour OpenAI's Codex documentation; and then we'll get back to more hands-on with GPTstudio. We'll also talk about why code completion frameworks like Codex are so great at Python and Javascript but spotty with R, and of course, the ethics; oh, the ethics!​ Many links for further learning and research will be provided. 


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RPIrates: Fun with OpenAI, GPTStudio and R!

John has spent over three decades studying the unique social, legal, and technical problems that arise when managing and disseminating information in the digital environment. Currently Director of Research Operations at the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) and Deputy Director of the Web Science Research Center of the Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), John coordinates, contributes, and teaches.     

John is the founder of RPIrates: The RPI R Users Group