After reading Jeff Erickson's
posts on number of papers submitted and accepted to STOC
and FOCS, SODA,
and SoCG,
I thought it would be interesting to compare those with a
broader range of CS conferences.

The majority of the data here is from Kevin
Almeroth's systems
and networking conference statistics page, so many
thanks go to him. The rest comes from Jeff Erickson, the
ACM, and conference proceedings and web sites. Most
areas of CS are not represented, and the data for many
conferences is not complete. If you send me data
(conference name, list of year, submitted,
accepted, and a URL documenting the authenticity of the data),
I'll include it.

What's plotted for each year is the average (over all selected
conferences for which there is data in that year) number of
papers submitted and accepted, and the total number accepted
divided by the total number submitted. Averaging partially
alleviates the problem of missing data. However, there are
still unfortunate effects; for example, in the all-conference
graph between 1981 and 1985 the only data is from conferences
that happened to have very high acceptance rates. Also,
results are skewed toward larger conferences and towards areas
with more conferences (systems & networking). So interpret
the graphs with care.

Some stats:

Most submitted: 2946 (ICC 2004)

Most accepted: 1007 (ICASSP 2002)

Highest acceptance rate: 100.0% (IWQoS 1995)

Lowest acceptance rate: 7.1% (Mobicom 2002)

Pick your subset...

Number of years of available data is in parentheses after the
conference name.
Brighten Godfrey