Maximize Your Consensus Experience With These Best Practices

July 13, 2022 By Consensus

Our product will always be a work in progress, and this is just the first iteration. Not all searches work perfectly, and bugs will exist. We hope this article will help improve your experience.

It is important to know that Consensus is not a chatbot.

Instead, Consensus is AI-powered search engine designed to take in research questions, find relevant insights within research papers, and synthesize the results using the power of large language models.

Focus on the Right Subject Matter:

Consensus only searches through peer-reviewed scientific research articles to find the most credible insights to your queries. We recommend asking questions related to topics that have likely been studied by scientists.

Consensus has subject matter coverage that ranges from medical research and physics to social sciences and economics.

Examples of queries that perform well and have loads of relevant research include:

Consensus is NOT meant to be used to ask questions about basic facts such as: “How many people live in Europe?” or “When is the next leap year?” as there would likely not be research dedicated to investigating these subjects.

Follow Recommended Formats for Your Query

Although there is no “correct” way to structure a query, we have seen the best results with the following formats:

Other query formats that can produce strong results but have some limitations include:

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