Friday, July 22, 2005

Why do the hard work?

A website that will write a computer science paper for you... SCI-Gen. More amusingly one such paper created by this was accepted at a Noddy Conference.

"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."

Might make a few myself.


Anonymous said...

That's really very well done. It would easily fool a total layman like myself - the generated papers are quite similar to your thesis Stu, in that I could only understand every seventh word, but it sure as hell sounds very impressive.

It's even better that this program has managed to fool a few real computer academic types. Kind of worrying too though.

Stuart said...

That's the point - I'm also convinced more than ever than around 95% of people who go to conferences don't understand every paper that's presented so it'd be far too easy to believe a paper like this might slip through the cracks.

They also have a very funny movie of them gatecrashing the conference.

Anonymous said...

You could understand every 7th word?

*worships at feet of Steve*

Anonymous said...

Actually the reviewers didn't actually read the paper... It was a conference where you had to pay to present a paper, so they let every Tom Dick and Stu enter a paper, if they had put the paper in for a proper Peer-reviewed conference it wouldn't have been considered!

However some o the phrases do appear impressive!

Stuart said...

I never claimed they were reviewed, but they were accepted as a non-reviewed paper by the conference. This conference is on, "World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics", which has to do with er... computer systems, cybernetics and information. In lay-men terms it's narrow focus could be described as "almost anything to do with computers and Arnold Schwarzenegger movies". It is also conveniently down the road from Disney World for those Professors who have expense accounts to waste.

Personally I think it makes a mockery of any poor individuals who genuinely worked on their papers for that conference.

Also the conference's special guest was some fella who "almost" got a Nobel prize and was obviously cheated out of it. ;)