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Automatic CS Paper Generator

by b10m (Vicar)
on Apr 13, 2005 at 20:18 UTC ( #447575=CUFP: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

As seen on /.: Randomly Generated Paper Accepted to Conference

Some students at MIT wrote a program called SCIgen - An Automatic CS Paper Generator. From their website: SCIgen is a program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. What's amazing is that one of their randomly generated paper was accepted to WMSCI 2005. Now they are accepting donation to fund their trip to the conference and give a randomly generated talk."

The fun part of it, is that they seem to use Perl for this script

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b10m

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Comment on Automatic CS Paper Generator
Re: Automatic CS Paper Generator
by hardburn (Abbot) on Apr 13, 2005 at 20:34 UTC

    Just wanted to collect some of the best lines from the paper here. Feel free to add your own in replies.

    • "We question the need for Digital-to-analog converters"
    • "In the end, we conclude"
    • A graph measuring latency in bytes
    • A graph directly under the last measuring latency in celsius

    Update: This reminded me of a prank one of my English teachers pulled in college. He and a group of friends strung together a bunch of large, incomprehensible words out of a dictionary to write a lecture. They then hired an actor to give the lecture, who presented himself as a professor from an ivy league school (don't remember which one).

    While most of the audiance stood in awe, one professor standing the back caught on about 5 minutes in, and spent the rest of the lecture trying not to laugh.

    After it was over, the president of the University offered tenure to the "professor".

    "There is no shame in being self-taught, only in not trying to learn in the first place." -- Atrus, Myst: The Book of D'ni.

      Here's a good one –

      In conclusion, we disconfirmed in this paper that extreme programming [16] and voice-over- IP are regularly incompatible, and STEEVE is no exception to that rule.

      Huh??? Poor Steeve :-(

        Huh???
        What he had said STEEVE is that you're discompception

         

        *rimshot*

        MJD says "you can't just make shit up and expect the computer to know what you mean, retardo!"
        I run a Win32 PPM repository for perl 5.6.x and 5.8.x -- I take requests (README).
        ** The third rule of perl club is a statement of fact: pod is sexy.

      Also reminds me of the Sokal Affaire, where where Professor Alan Sokal, a physicist at New York University, submitted a deliberately pseudoscientific paper for publication in a postmodern cultural studies journal. The paper, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity", published in the Spring/Summer 1996 issue of Social Text, was submitted to see if a humanities journal would (in Sokal's words) "publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors' ideological preconceptions."

      In the same vein, also see the Postmodernism Generator (reload to get a new paper).
Re: Automatic CS Paper Generator
by zentara (Archbishop) on Apr 14, 2005 at 12:02 UTC
    Hey, this is perfect for getting government research contracts. :-)

    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh
Re: Automatic CS Paper Generator
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Apr 14, 2005 at 13:45 UTC
    You know, I often suspected things like this when I was doing peer review at NASA. (And yes, I'm looking at you, CFA ...)

    --
    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

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