Friday, April 15, 2005

Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy

Interesting article over at CNN today. Apparently a group of MIT students wrote a program that creates randomly generated ‘scientific papers’ full of gibberish. The papers looked like other academic literature, only they really didn't say anything. The students then submitted their papers to several scientific conferences and, yep, you guessed it, the paper was accepted.

Here is a quote from their paper titled, "Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy":

"the model for our heuristic consists of four independent components: simulated annealing, active networks, flexible modalities, and the study of reinforcement learning"

and

"We implemented our scatter/gather I/O server in Simula-67, augmented with opportunistically pipelined extensions."

The pranksters are apparently going to attempt to raise money to go to the conference and present a randomly generated speech full of gibberish.

On their site you can generate your own paper. Here is one I did that I'm quite proud of. It took me all of 1.5 seconds to type in my name so I appear as an author.

Gotta go update my vitae.

3 comments:

Maria said...

My piece de resistance is entitled "Decentralized, Self-Learning Symmetries." I'm quite proud of it. I'm thinking of submitting it to Kami in lieu of my real baccalaureate thesis. Think she'll notice? I highly doubt it, as consumed she is right now watching "The Amazing Race."

UnPhiltered said...

Matthew, this is sweet. I was already planning on randomizing my entire dissertation. Here's a paper that you, I, and a few other authored. Damn, you're smart.

http://cc.usu.edu/~jrtaggart/papers/extreme.html

Kami said...

I tried this and had a great time, very funny. Can you image turning in a paper like this to Brett. I don't think that anything gets past Brett.