Difference between description and instructions in the assistants api

I am wondering if there is a difference between the description attribute and the instructions attribute. The docs seem to use them interchangeably.

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Yes because description of task in prompt can get the job done, or an instruction in prompt can also get the job done.

Alternatively a prompt can have a description of a task + instruction on how to go about that task.


Description: Make a Population Chart

Instruction: Search past 100 years of population census data for x, and create the chart.

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