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Technologies That Make You Smile: Adding Humor to Text-Based Applications
September/October 2006 (vol. 21 no. 5)
pp. 33-39
Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas
Carlo Strapparava, Istituto per la ricerca scientifica e Tecnologica
Humor is an aspect of human behavior that many people consider essential for interpersonal communication. Despite this, research in human-computer interaction has almost completely neglected aspects concerned with the automatic recognition, generation, or use of humor. This article addresses three important research questions related to the recognition and use of verbally expressed humor, demonstrating empirically that computational approaches can be successfully applied to these tasks. The research demonstrates that it is possible to automatically construct a very large collection of humorous texts, that automatic classification techniques can be effectively used to distinguish between humorous and nonhumorous texts, and that an automatic method for the selection and addition of contextualized humorous text can improve the user experience and overall quality of two widely used computer based applications. This article is part of a special issue on interactive entertainment.
Index Terms:
computational humor, humor recognition, jokes, one-liners, humor in computer applications
Citation:
Rada Mihalcea, Carlo Strapparava, "Technologies That Make You Smile: Adding Humor to Text-Based Applications," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 33-39, Sept.-Oct. 2006, doi:10.1109/MIS.2006.104
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