MIT students pull prank on “fake” conference

MIT has a long and distinguished history–of pulling pranks. And the latest one is a real doozy.

Jeremy Stribling, Max Krohn and Dan Aguayo wrote a computer program to generate random text to create research papers, complete with “context-free grammar,” as well as charts and diagrams. They then submitted two of the papers to the World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (Reuters.

Stribling said that a “useful purpose for such a program is to auto-generate submissions to ‘fake’ conferences; that is, conferences with no quality standards, which exist only to make money. A prime example, which you may recognize from spam in your inbox, is SCI/IIIS and its dozens of co-located conferences.”

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