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Title Humor in Collective Discourse: Unsupervised Funniness Detection in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest
Authors Dragomir Radev, Amanda Stent, Joel Tetreault, Aasish Pappu, Aikaterini Iliakopoulou, Agustin Chanfreau, Paloma de Juan, Jordi Vallmitjana, Alejandro Jaimes, Rahul Jha and Robert Mankoff
Abstract The New Yorker publishes a weekly captionless cartoon. More than 5,000 readers submit captions for it. The editors select three of them and ask the readers to pick the funniest one. We describe an experiment that compares a dozen automatic methods for selecting the funniest caption. We show that negative sentiment, human-centeredness, and lexical centrality most strongly match the funniest captions, followed by positive sentiment. These results are useful for understanding humor and also in the design of more engaging conversational agents in text and multimodal (vision+text) systems. As part of this work, a large set of cartoons and captions is being made available to the community.
Topics Emotion Recognition/Generation, Corpus (Creation, Annotation, etc.), Tools, Systems, Applications
Full paper Humor in Collective Discourse: Unsupervised Funniness Detection in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest
Bibtex @InProceedings{RADEV16.317,
  author = {Dragomir Radev and Amanda Stent and Joel Tetreault and Aasish Pappu and Aikaterini Iliakopoulou and Agustin Chanfreau and Paloma de Juan and Jordi Vallmitjana and Alejandro Jaimes and Rahul Jha and Robert Mankoff},
  title = {Humor in Collective Discourse: Unsupervised Funniness Detection in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-28},
  location = {Portoro┼ż, Slovenia},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Marko Grobelnik and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Helene Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-9-1},
  language = {english}
 }
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