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Research Paper #690

Title:An Implemented Model of Punning Riddles
Authors:Binsted,K; Ritchie,GD
Date:Apr 1994
Presented:To appear in the Proceedings of AAAI-94, Seattle, U.S.A.
Abstract:In this paper, we discuss a model of simple question-answer punning, implemented in a program, JAPE-1, which generates riddles from humour-independent lexical entries. The model uses two main types of structure: schemata, which determine the relationships between key words in a joke, and templates, which produce the surface from of the joke. JAPE-1 succeeds in generating pieces of text that are recognizably jokes, but some of them are not very good jokes. We mention some potential improvements and extensions, including post-production heuristics for ordering the jokes according to quality.

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