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How jokes can be built by a computer: Stage 1

Choosing answer parts

There are about 10 joke building recipees. These provide instructions for all the main decisions about the construction of the joke, starting by finding words which will make up the answer for the riddle. The computer selects a recipe and finds words that fit into it.

For example, the recipe might say (in computer language):

Find
1. a two-word phrase
2. a word that sounds like the 2nd word in the phrase

The computer may choose computer screen for the phrase and scream for the word that sounds like screen.

The recipe also decides which of these words to use for the answer, and which to transform for the question:

For the answer, use
1. the 1st word in the phrase
2. the word that sounds like the 2nd word in the phrase

For the question, transform
1. the whole phrase
2. the word that sounds like the 2nd word in the phrase

In our example, computer and scream are used for the answer, and computer screen and scream for the question-building in Stage 2.

  When do words sound the same?

 

  To Stage 2: Choosing question parts

 

 
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