Artificial Intelligence Review

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 119–135

Current Directions in Computational Humour

  • Graeme Ritchie

DOI: 10.1023/A:1011610210506

Cite this article as:
Ritchie, G. Artificial Intelligence Review (2001) 16: 119. doi:10.1023/A:1011610210506


Humour is a valid subject for research in artificial intelligence, as it is one of the more complex of human behaviours. Although philosophers and others have discussed humour for centuries, it is only very recently that computational work has begun in this field, so the state of the art is still rather basic. Much of the research has concentrated on humour expressed verbally, and there has been some emphasis on models based on “incongruity”. Actual implementations have involved puns of very limited forms. It is not clear that computerised jokes could enhance user interfaces in the near future, but there is a role for computer modelling in testing symbolic accounts of the structure of humorous texts. A major problem is the need for a humour-processing program to have knowledge of the world, and reasoning abilities.

affective computing artificial intelligence humour jokes puns 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Graeme Ritchie
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  1. 1.Division of InformaticsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghScotland EH1 1HN