Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Speaking of computer graded essays and computer generated papers

Having read HC's Graded by Software and having to sit through one recently, I couldn't help but be amused by this article from MIT's Tech Review entitled Two Very Funny Fake Papers.

About once a month I get an invitation by email to submit to conferences like the "World Multi_Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics."

Well, I’m not the only person who has been getting them. Jeremy Stribling (a grad student at MIT) was so sick of getting these invitations to submit that he wrote a “fake research paper generator“ (using statistical models), he submitted the program’s results to the conference, and it was accepted!

...But this is the first time that I’ve heard of a randomly-generated paper getting accepted at a conference.

I’d love to see the code to the generator...

So would I!

Apr 14, 2005 Update: Someone posted the link to the actual codes plus an online generator!

Apr 19, 2005 Update: Ontario Emperor has something to say about this; so does WMSCI. Newsflash -- Robert Morris (of the Morris worm fame) is now in MIT; he has co-authored several papers with Stribling. I wonder if this is somehow remotely related to the spate of security compromises that WMSCI has been facing. Ah, conspiracy theories!

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  • You've probably heard by now that the acceptance was rescinded, and the WMSCI folks took great pains to note that this particular paper was never reviewed, but they didn't want to reject it if no one had physically rejected it, and oh by the way we're a really really good conference and over a thousand people attend, so don't make fun of us any more.

    By Blogger Ontario Emperor, at 4/19/2005 8:13 AM  

  • Rescinded? I'm so disappointed. :)

    I'm glad the conference went well. Over a thousand people? Sounds like DEFCON!

    By Blogger YC, at 4/19/2005 9:36 AM  

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