Sunday, January 15, 2012

Democracy in Peer Reviewing: On how to avoid dictator PC chairs and other adventures.

In fact, it turns out that simple straightforward statistics show that for a 15% acceptance rate conference, each individual reviewer should accept roughly 31% of his assigned papers in order to have a voice in the final outcome. 

Since many smart people reacted perplexed when shown this, I decided to write about it. And also since I am too lazy to do a thorough job for CACM, I am posting it here instead, together with a set of comments I've received throughout time. Feel free to rant on this as you see fit.