5 Ways to Use ChatGPT for Data Visualization

Artificial Intelligence
Nov 16, 2023
5 Ways to Use ChatGPT for Data Visualization

5 Ways to Use ChatGPT for Data Visualization

Today, you no longer need to be a data scientist to build useful reporting dashboards. With plenty of drag-and-drop BI tools to choose from, anyone can build interactive data visualizations.

But there’s more to data visualization than simply creating beautiful charts and graphs using a chart and graph maker. Which data is useful to visualize? Are your data in the right format to be visualized? And how can your data visualizations make predictions about the future?

These are all difficult challenges you could run into when creating data visualizations. Luckily, new AI (artificial intelligence) technologies are making these tasks easier. In this article, we’ll discuss five examples and use cases of using ChatGPT for data visualization to uncover richer insights from your data!

1. Let ChatGPT suggest which data to visualize

Have you ever worked with complex datasets containing hundreds of columns in Excel spreadsheets? Then you’ll know the pain of deciding which data to visualize. Analyzing data relationships and correlations is difficult and time-consuming. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to decide which combinations of data make sense after data analysis.

With the help of language learning models, machine learning and AI-powered applications like ChatGPT, organizations save countless hours in the process. For example, let’s say we have a dataset about the NBA playoffs. We can ask ChatGPT to make some suggestions.

  • Which data to visualize
  • Which chart types to use for our ChatGPT data visualizations (e.g. bar chart, graph, pie chart, scatter plots and others)

Below is an example of a prompt your developer or data science expert could use. Simply tell ChatGPT what your dataset looks like, and ask for some suggestions. You don’t need any coding skills or advanced knowledge of HTML to get this done.

Example of a prompt to use ChatGPT for data visualization

Here’s an example of the output you could receive from this powerful tool, in real-time.

Example of output from a ChatGPT prompt that suggests which data to visualize based on a dataset structure

Even if the output isn’t perfect yet, it’s a great way to move past the blank page. It’ll get you going, and you can refine along the way.

Want to take this approach to the next level? You can even hook up OpenAI to your BI tool of choice and create automated data visualizations with AI. This AI-powered dashboard tutorial is a great example you can spin up quickly!

2. Enrich your data for smarter data visualizations

Besides using ChatGPT for data visualization, you can also use it to enrich your data. If your dataset contains limited information, you may want to add more information to generate smarter, richer insights. Below are just a few examples of columns you may want to add to your dataset.

  • Sentiment analysis of text strings, like customer feedback or online reviews
  • Coordinates of a location or city in your dataset
  • Demographic information (if publicly available)
  • Latest conversion rates between foreign currencies
  • Aggregate calculations

ChatGPT can help your developers uncover useful scripts to add these enrichments to your dataset. For example, the prompt below asks ChatGPT to rate the sentiment of customer feedback.

Example of a ChatGPT prompt for data enrichment

The result is a Python code sample with instructions to get started. With this output, your developers can apply this process at scale to analyze millions of feedback snippets.

Example of the output when asking ChatGPT to rate the sentiment of customer feedback strings in a dataset

Developers and data scientists can save hours of browsing Stackoverflow by using ChatGPT. And even non-technical staff can benefit! As a marketer who had never worked with Python before, I was able to generate a set of coordinates for a mock-up dataset in Python in less than 15 minutes. ChatGPT walked me through every step!

3. Using AI for predictive data analytics

Visualizing historical data is crucial to learn from your past efforts. But if you only act on past learnings, you may risk running behind your competitors. Instead, what if you could predict risks and opportunities before they happen and guide your decision-making with solid evidence?

More and more organizations are starting to leverage predictive analytics to make better decisions based on forecasts. However, predictive analytics is a specialized field requiring deep expertise. 

But with language learning models like GPT-3.5 and GPT-4, the jump to start experimenting with predictive analytics has become smaller for developers. They can train GPT on their historical data, and start building AI-assisted data visualizations. So, you don’t need to be a data analyst any more to make sense out of complex data.

4. Data cleaning and data modeling with ChatGPT

Garbage in = garbage out. Nothing is more true for data visualization. If your data is unstructured and your data model isn’t optimized, building meaningful data visualizations will be tricky. Although data cleaning and modelling is less exciting than creating pretty charts, it’s an essential step you can’t overlook.

Luckily, ChatGPT can help with the tedious process of data cleaning and data processing. It can help with spotting anything that could be wrong with your dataset.

5. Instant chart generation

At Luzmo, we decided to harness the power of ChatGPT and data visualization. Simply upload your database (SQL or some other format), and with the help of OpenAI’s natural language processing and Luzmo, you can generate charts in minutes.

ai chart generator

The combination of this language model and Luzmo allows anyone to create amazing charts using nothing but plain language. Luzmo acts as a code interpreter and turns your instructions into commands.

As an output, you get beautiful charts and immediate data insights. The best part is, you can sign up and join the waitlist today.

Is AI data visualization the future?

The potential of new AI tools like ChatGPT is enormous. But many people also worry about how AI will impact their career. Instead of looking at AI in fear, smart software teams are embracing its potential.

Those who learn early on how to leverage AI for data visualization will lead the pack. They will become more efficient and grow their skillset even faster. AI and tools like ChatGPT are here to stay, and they have the potential to revolutionize many industries. Data visualization included.

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