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Prank paper fools scientists

by EdH / April 14, 2005 6:59 PM PDT

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) -- In a victory for pranksters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a bunch of computer-generated gibberish masquerading as an academic paper has been accepted at a scientific conference.

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(NT) (NT) That paper reads like some of the posts in here!
by gearup / April 14, 2005 9:45 PM PDT
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Create your own CS (CompSci) paper (link)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 14, 2005 10:25 PM PDT
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Maybe that explains
by EdH / April 14, 2005 10:40 PM PDT

some of the posts here (re gearup)

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Papers at conferences aren't carefully reviewed, EdH,
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / April 15, 2005 12:00 AM PDT

unlike those in peer-reviewed journals. Not that some bad ones don't occasionally slip through there too, but conference papers don't count as "peer-reviewed publications." They go in the "other" category on one's Curriculum Vitae.

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Yes, I read the entire story
by EdH / April 15, 2005 12:19 AM PDT

But it's funny, doncha know. That's the point. Not only wasn't it carefully reviewed, apparently it wasn't read at all, by anyone.

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That sounds just like the paper which was accepted for the
by Kiddpeat / April 15, 2005 1:42 AM PDT

conference.

It's become increasingly clear to me, in the last few years, that the ability to string together the latest buzz words, in what sounds like coherent conversation to the initiated, is increasingly common as well as a path to success.

I shake my head in wonder at the technical failures that such people produce while their colleagues continue to believe them to be superior, if not outright genuises. We do indeed see this even in this forum.

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