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Twelve ways to fool the masses: Fast forward to 2013

Speakers: David Bailey
Topic(s): Computer Systems,Science & Computing,Theory, Algorithms & Numerical Computing


In 1991, the present author wrote a humorous essay "Twelve Ways to Fool the Masses," which outlined a number of highly questionable "techniques" often used at the time by researchers in the high performance computing field to inflate their performance results, or to otherwise obfuscate issues and difficulties.  This was followed by an article, published in 1993, that gave specific examples of many of the abuses from published papers.  This talk will review those 12 "techniques" and mention some new "techniques" now emerging in the world of very highly parallel computing and graphics processing units (GPUs).  The talk will also explain why vigilance is so important, both by researchers as well as reviewers and editors, particularly in light of the ongoing effort to promote better "reproducibility" in the field of high-performance computing.


About this Lecture

Number of Slides: 24
Duration: 25 minutes
Languages Available: English
Last Updated: 12-23-2013
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