Characterizing the internet's sense of humor

Amogh Mahapatra, Nisheeth Srivastava, Jaideep Srivastava

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Abstract

In this paper, we report some results from the first internet content-based investigation of the underlying causes of humor. For this purpose, we developed a methodology for extracting semantic distance from tags associated with YouTube videos manually identified as humorous or not by their existing community of users. We found that a novel quantification of episodic incongruity, operationalized via our technique, proves to be a necessary but not sufficient condition for the existence of humor-inducing stimuli in associated videos. Our results represent the first internet-based validation of incongruity-based characterizations of humor, and open up exciting new theoretical and applied possibilities in the use of social computing to discover intrinsic factors responsible for human behaviors like humor, interest and engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust and 2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, SocialCom/PASSAT 2012
Pages579-584
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, SocialCom 2012 and the 2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust, PASSAT 2012 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Sep 3 2012Sep 5 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust and 2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, SocialCom/PASSAT 2012

Other

Other2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, SocialCom 2012 and the 2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust, PASSAT 2012
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period9/3/129/5/12

Keywords

  • Computational Model
  • Humor
  • Incongruity

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