MIT pranksters submitted two academic papers to a scientific conference: Both were “computer-generated gibberish.” “Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy” was accepted for presentation at the World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI), which will be held in Orlando in July.
Jeremy Stribling said Thursday that he and two fellow MIT graduate students questioned the standards of some academic conferences, so they wrote a computer program to generate research papers complete with “context-free grammar,” charts and diagrams.
. . . “Rooter” features such mind-bending gems as: “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 exploration of lambda calculus is a practical issue. In this work, we confirm the investigation of B-trees. We concentrate our efforts on showing that the much-tauted signed algorithm for the emulation of operating systems by Davis et al. runs in W(2n) time.
Results refer to “Dogfooding Our Algorithm.” This version — I did it for you, John — also uses “dogfood” as a verb. Hmm.
Update: WMSCI notes the “Rooter” paper was accepted as a “non-reviewed” paper. Nobody actually read it before accepting it for presentation at the conference.