YouTube Learning What is Funny: Will Laugh at Humanity in Tech Apocalypse

Guest_Jim_* - February 14, 2012 05:21PM in Internet, General News, Science & Technology

What would you do if you had access to every video on YouTube, the programming experience and computing power of Google? Well for some Googlers the answer is to make an algorithm to predict what the funniest YouTube videos are. This is accomplished by examining the video itself, as well as the title and comments.

Naturally certain things tip off the algorithm, such as laughter in the video and "lol," or other expressions of humor, in the comments. The algorithm is multi-lingual too, as it recognizes "jajaja" and "kekeke," which are Spanish laughter and Korean giggles respectively. Variations of "lol" are also deciphered and appropriately weighted by the algorithm; "LOL," "loooool," "lolololololol," and "lollll!!!" are all understood to be stronger than just "lol."

To view the computer-certified funniest videos on YouTube check out the Comedy Slam channel on YouTube. If you disagree with the algorithm, you can vote on what videos you find funniest here: Comedy Slam Vote.

What is the funniest YouTube video? Watch and see below.