Evaluating humorous properties of texts

Graeme D Ritchie, Robyn Munro, Helen Pain, Kim Binsted

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution

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The success of a humour-generation program is usually assessed by having human judges rate texts. However, there has been little consideration of the patterns shown by such judgements, particularly in terms of consistency. We present two small studies which attempt to gauge the consistency of human judgements about humorous aspects of texts, and discuss some of the methodological issues involved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the AISB 2008 Symposium on Affective Language in Human and Machine
PublisherSociety for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour
ISBN (Print)1902956613
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • methodology
  • computational humour
  • joke recognition
  • consistency of judgements
  • humour theory


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