Humor Detection

The term humor detection (also known as computational detection of humor) refers to the computer's ability to detect (but not necessarily understand) some forms of humor. Most, if not all, humor detectors so far have addressed humor within text but not ventured outside of text-based humor. There are two general methods to humor detection. The first is based on some characteristics of text that a machine finds to correlate with humor without using theoretical foundations of humor. The second one is explicitly based on some humor theory that is typically implemented for a restricted subset of humorous texts. This entry discusses general approaches to humor detection and some of the implemented work in the area.

Humor detection is a relatively new area within computational humor, but ...

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