Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Randomly Generated Paper Accepted at Conference

A couple of MIT students created a program to randomly generate computer science papers complete with graphs, citations, etc. The program learns to write papers, given numerous examples of real papers. In their own words, "One useful purpose for such a program is to auto-generate submissions to "fake" conferences; that is, conferences with no quality standards, which exist only to make money." Amazingly, one of their auto-generated papers was accepted at a conference. They are now accepting donations to give a randomly generated speech at the conference with a straight face. You can even generate your own auto-generated paper from their site.

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