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Subject:

FW: UC BERKELEY STUDY

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Don Nilsen <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 24 May 1999 13:49:47 -0700

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ISHS Members and other Humor Researchers:
	Please check out the website below to see some research on jokes and
laughter that is being conducted at the University of California at
Berkeley.

Don L. F. Nilsen, Executive Secretary
International Society for Humor Studies
English Linguistics, Arizona State Univ.
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302
<[log in to unmask]>; 480/965-7592
FAX: 480/965-3451
 

-----Original Message-----
From: marti southam [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 1999 7:41 PM
To: [log in to unmask]; Ruth; Tom; [log in to unmask];
Bonnie Napier; Charles & Jennifer; Chris; Christine Meachum; Dassie;
Gordon; Jean Fink; Jennifer C-W; Lola; Marla; Paulette Schafir; Resie
Vales; Robin; [log in to unmask]; Ros; Sharon; Tammy; The Purple Lady
[Sheri]; Tina Peterson
Subject: UC BERKELEY STUDY


Hello All:

There was an interesting news article in the local newspaper on Sat. May
22 about a UC Berkeley professor, Ken Goldberg, and the web site which
he & his computer science students have created.  The goal was to answer
the age old question:  What makes people laugh?

They have created a program called Jester 2.0 to predict which jokes get
a giggle or a belly laugh.  The program works on the theory that people
who like the same jokes will find the same ones funny in the future.
Readers rank a series of 15 jokes on a sliding scale from "not funny" to
"very funny."  The computer program then finds a sense-of-humor match,
people who liked the same jokes that you did...then the program sends
you jokes based on what your "match" liked.  The program essentially
identifies patterns.  Since the program  began, nearly 10,000 people
have registered their joke preferences.

If you want to try it, here's the address:
http://shadow.ieor.berkeley.edu/humor/


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