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posted by janrinok on Monday March 03 2014, @09:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the twas-brillig-and-the-slithy-toves dept.

AnonTechie writes:

"The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.

Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbe of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30 published conference proceedings between 2008 and 2013. Sixteen appeared in publications by Springer, which is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, and more than 100 were published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), based in New York. Both publishers, which were privately informed by Labbe, say that they are now removing the papers.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by dotdotdot on Monday March 03 2014, @10:13PM

    by dotdotdot (858) on Monday March 03 2014, @10:13PM (#10282)

    You can't fool me. There is no way a computer could come up with this ...

    "Always set aside a cat."

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by gishzida on Monday March 03 2014, @10:59PM

    by gishzida (2870) on Monday March 03 2014, @10:59PM (#10308) Journal
    The quote is the result of a Travesty generator powered by a Markov Chain [First the travesty Markov and then mixed into a multi channel travesty stream from other source texts.

    The input text steams that were used for that particular output run were:

    "the book of reminders" [an as yet unpublished book of quotations gleaned from my years of endeavors at the advanced school of hard knocks] and a stream of Lewis Carroll's writings...

    But among the quotes in the book of reminders is:

    "Magic is the ability to suspend our disbelief: Play with a cat. Watch a child. Look in the Mirror. Magic is REAL."

    And a quote about spices: "Always set aside a portion of you income for spices. Spices can make even the dullest life liveable."

    Hench the Markov Wisdom of "Always set aside a cat" is likely to be true.

    Thanks for reading.