Fake, Nonsensical Research Paper Fools Computer Conference

Posted on April 15, 2005

A bogus paper full of gibberish was submitted to the World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI) (a Florida computer conference) and was accepted. The BBC reports that three U.S. scientists created a program, "designed to create research papers with random text, charts and diagrams." This program was then used to create the nonsense paper with the headline, "Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy." The paper was accepted by conference reviewers, but the conference officials may change their mind. You can create your own nonsene computer paper here on the SCIgen website. SCIgen is described as:
SCIgen is a program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. It uses a hand-written context-free grammar to form all elements of the papers. Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence.

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