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ChatGPT's Code Interpreter is now Advanced Data Analysis

In the wake of OpenAI's big announcement about ChatGPT Enterprise, they also made an important feature name change that almost slipped under the radar.

Sep 20, 2023 • 4 Minute Read

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On Monday, OpenAI made waves by announcing a new business version of ChatGPT called ChatGPT Enterprise. Meanwhile, a name change to their flagship new feature — Code Interpreter — was hidden in the release notes. The feature is now called Advanced Data Analysis.

Wait, what exactly is (or was) Code Interpreter?

Released two months ago, Code Interpreter was a new ChatGPT Plugin developed by OpenAI that allowed ChatGPT to do math, upload and download files, analyze data, and — as you’d expect — create and interpret code. It’s honestly the neatest feature of ChatGPT to date, available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers. 

For a full breakdown of the Code Interpreter feature (Now Advanced Data Analysis), including how to activate and use it, check out our comprehensive guide: “How to use ChatGPT’s new “Code Interpreter” feature.” 

Is Advanced Data Analysis different from Code Interpreter?

There appears to be no difference between the two features other than the name change, which is good news for anyone who has already learned to use the feature.

Why the name change from “Code Interpreter” is great

Honestly, the name “Code Interpreter” was always a bad branding move, even though it was technically accurate. It sounded like a feature that could only be useful for programmers, whereas it’s actually a great tool for data experts and general users. After all, who doesn’t have use for a feature that lets you upload raw business data, then have an AI output reports and insights?

The old name was off-putting, since it made you think all it could do was interpret code. And yes, the ability to run and test code in a sandbox, firewalled environment is seriously cool, but it’s not all that Code Interpreter had to offer.

Why the name “Advanced Data Analysis” also kind of sucks

“Advanced Data Analysis” is also not really a great name for what the feature formerly known as Code Interpreter does. Again, it’s only one thing that it does, so it’s just as limiting as Code Interpreter was. It does, however, give a pretty clear indication of where OpenAI feels the feature is going to see the most value: not with programmers using it to test code, but with everyday users leveraging it for data insights.

A move to sell the feature to ChatGPT Enterprise customers

In all likelihood, the timing of the name change corresponds with the announcement of ChatGPT Enterprise in a savvy marketing move to sell the feature to businesses. Saying you’ve got a feature called “Advanced Data Analysis” sounds a lot more useful to leadership than “Code Interpreter.” I’ve never met anyone in leadership who doesn’t like data insights (even if they want them summarized in a single presentation slide).

Conclusion: Even with another bad name, it’s an amazing feature

Honestly, once OpenAI released Code Interpreter, I never turned it off. Even when you’re not using it for coding, having the AI model able to think in a more mathematical way opens up the range of responses it can give you. 

It’s like having a staff member who is trained in using analytics tools, but their primary job is something else: even if you’re not asking them to delve into data every day, they can give you a wider perspective, or solve problems in a variety of ways.

So, even if it’s “Advanced Data Analysis” now, I’d make sure to learn about this feature and get savvy with it. With the rollout of ChatGPT Enterprise, business use of generative AI tolls is going to become much more commonplace (in fact, over 80% of Fortune 500 companies are now using ChatGPT, according to OpenAI).

… Now excuse me while I have to go and rename this feature in all our articles.

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Adam Ipsen

Adam I.

Adam is the resident editor of the Pluralsight blog and has spent the last 13 years writing about technology and software. He has helped design software for controlling airfield lighting at major airports, and has an avid interest in AI/ML and app design.

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