Lydia Chilton

Lydia Chilton

Seattle, Washington

PhD in Computer Science at the University of Washington
B.S. Economics, Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Haven't backed any projects yet! 

Thanks! I can't wait to read the book. I think you're right at the end of every joke is an emotion. It's the emotion that makes you laugh, not the actual information. Farts are funny because they are embarrassing, and embarrassment is an emotion (and not a strongly negative one). It doesn't take Claude Shannon to tell you that farts contain very little information. "I wonder if people can be crowdsourced to map out the elements of humor in particular jokes somehow?" That's exactly what I'm doing! If you want to help, shoot me an email. I often need thoughtful people to just look over jokes and tell me what they see in them. I think you'd be good for this. I'm setting up a website for people to help out now. It's all short, volunteer work, and it's fun.
Mar 20, 2013
Why are jokes funny?
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@cfournie - Yes! I'm going to make everything public. The HITs (you sound like you know what you're talking about!), the raw data, and the framework for running a multi-step Turk process. Stay tuned!
Apr 27, 2012
Why are jokes funny?
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