[ExI] randomly generated math paper accepted for publication

spike spike66 at att.net
Sat Oct 20 17:24:59 UTC 2012


Not only is this hilarious, it makes me feel so much better:


Mathgen paper accepted!

Posted on  <http://thatsmathematics.com/blog/archives/102> September 14, 2012

I’m pleased to announce that  <http://thatsmathematics.com/mathgen> Mathgen has had its first randomly-generated paper accepted by a  journal!


On August 3, 2012, a certain  <http://www.kleimo.com/random/name.cfm> Professor Marcie Rathke of the  <http://www.schickele.com/profbio.htm> University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople submitted a very interesting article to  <http://www.scirp.org/journal/apm/> Advances in Pure Mathematics, one of the many fine journals put out by  <http://www.scirp.org/> Scientific Research Publishing. (Your inbox and/or spam trap very likely contains useful information about their publications at this very moment!) This mathematical tour de force was entitled “Independent, Negative, Canonically Turing Arrows of Equations and Problems in Applied Formal PDE”, and I quote here its intriguing abstract:

Let ρ=A. Is it possible to extend isomorphisms? We show that D′ is stochastically orthogonal and trivially affine. In [10], the main result was the construction of p-Cardano, compactly Erdős, Weyl functions. This could shed important light on a conjecture of Conway-d’Alembert.






Here’s the paper:





So why does it make me feel better?  On occasion I have struggled through some of the papers, or unsuccessfully attempted to comprehend, some of the material in the more arcane publications in mathematical theory, but have always come away dismayed and discouraged.  It feels like a hundred lifetimes would be insufficient to understand the material there.  It makes me feel dumber than a box or rocks.


Now I know that even referees can be snowed by this, I realize that this practice could go undetected: a real human writes a reasonable abstract and the first page or two (which is usually about my endurance level in trying to comprehend the papers) then let MathSpew fill out the paper, which is then published in an attempt to not perish.  


In reality, the joke is on anyone who attempts to publish in this journal, paying the 500 dollar fee.  If you look at the referee’s comments, it is not at all clear to me those were generated by an actual human either.  




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