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Is the ChatGPT Hype Subsiding in Favor of Open Source LLMs?

ChatGPT has revolutionized the field of data science within a very short time. As great as ChatGPT is, it’s closed-source nature limits its usage by data scientists to prompt engineering. But a zoo of open source large language models (LLMs) such as Falcon, Gorilla, Llama, and Orca have made rapid advancements in recent months. So are open source LLMs beginning to overtake ChatGPT in importance within the community of data science researchers and practitioners?

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New evidence suggests the answer to that question is yes.

A large swath of the data science blogging community is monitored by the Skillenai crawler that powers the Skillenai data science email newsletter. That data set provides a view into trending topics among data scientists. Hundreds of blogs are included in the data set from over 2000 unique authors. There were over 9000 articles from 2023 as of the time of publication.

ChatGPT vs LLM

To answer the question of whether the ChatGPT hype is subsiding in favor of open source LLMs, let’s look at the percentage of articles mentioning the terms “chatgpt” and “llm” day by day throughout 2023.

Plot of Time Series of ChatGPT vs LLM Mentions in Data Science Articles (7 day SMA)
Is the ChatGPT Hype Subsiding in Favor of Open Source LLMs?

The trend is clear: “chatgpt” is on the decline and may imminently be taken over by “llm”.

But what do you think? Will the trend of open source LLMs taking over ChatGPT continue? Or will OpenAI continue surprising us with powerful enhancements like the recent function calling and 16k context model?

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Jared Rand

By Jared Rand

Jared Rand is a data scientist specializing in natural language processing. He also has an MBA and is a serial entrepreneur. He is a Principal NLP Data Scientist at Everstream Analytics and founder of Skillenai. Connect with Jared on LinkedIn.

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