A practical application of computational humour

Graeme Ritchie, Ruli Manurung, Helen Pain, Annalu Waller, Rolf Black, Dave O'Mara

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    Abstract

    The past 15 years has seen the development of a number of programs which perform tasks in the area of humour, but these have been exploratory research prototypes, usually on a very small scale, and none of them interacted with users. Amongst those which actually created humorous texts, the JAPE program was probably the most substantial, but even it was far from being useful for any practical purpose. We have developed a fully engineered riddle generator, inspired by the ideas in the JAPE system, which uses a large-scale multimedia lexicon and a set of symbolic rules to generate jokes. It has an interactive user interface, specially designed for children with complex communication needs (CCN), so that users can make choices to guide the riddle generator. The software is robust, stable, and responds sufficiently promptly that naive users can interact without difficulty. It has been tested over with real users (children with CCN), with highly positive results, and is publicly available for free download.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity
    Pages91-98
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Event4th International Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 17 Jun 200719 Jun 2007
    http://doc.gold.ac.uk/isms/CC07/proceedings.html

    Conference

    Conference4th International Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period17/06/0719/06/07
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    Ritchie, G., Manurung, R., Pain, H., Waller, A., Black, R., & O'Mara, D. (2007). A practical application of computational humour. In Proceedings of the 4th International Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity (pp. 91-98) http://doc.gold.ac.uk/isms/CC07/index.html