Computational Humour: Utilizing Cross-Reference Ambiguity for Conversational Jokes

Hans Wim Tinholt, Anton Nijholt

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a computer implementation that utilizes cross-reference ambiguity in utterances for simple conversational jokes. The approach is based on the SSTH. Using a simple script representation, it is shown that cross-reference ambiguities always satisfy the SSTH requirement for script overlap. To determine whether script opposition is present, we introduce a method that compares the concepts involved based on their semantic properties.When a given cross-reference ambiguity results in script opposition it is possible to generate a punchline based on this ambiguity. As a result of the low performance of the anaphora resolution algorithm and the data sparseness in ConceptNet the application performs moderately, but it does provide future prospects in generating conversational humour.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationApplications of Fuzzy Sets Theory
    Subtitle of host publication7th International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic and Applications, WILF 2007, Camogli, Italy, July 7-10, 2007. Proceedings
    EditorsFrancesco Masulli, Sushmita Mitra, Gabriella Pasi
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages477-483
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-73400-0
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-73399-7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2007
    Event7th International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic and Applications, WILF 2007 - Camogli, Italy
    Duration: 7 Jul 200710 Jul 2007
    Conference number: 7

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer
    Volume4578
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349
    NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
    PublisherSpringer

    Workshop

    Workshop7th International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic and Applications, WILF 2007
    Abbreviated titleWILF
    CountryItaly
    CityCamogli
    Period7/07/0710/07/07

    Keywords

    • EWI-10282
    • HMI-SLT: Speech and Language Technology
    • anaphora resolution
    • METIS-241684
    • IR-61751
    • Ambiguity
    • Computational Humor
    • chatbots

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    Tinholt, H. W., & Nijholt, A. (2007). Computational Humour: Utilizing Cross-Reference Ambiguity for Conversational Jokes. In F. Masulli, S. Mitra, & G. Pasi (Eds.), Applications of Fuzzy Sets Theory: 7th International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic and Applications, WILF 2007, Camogli, Italy, July 7-10, 2007. Proceedings (pp. 477-483). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 4578), (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-73400-0_60