I had a go at the pun game, but I gave up rather quickly. To be honest, I don't like the methodology: I don't know how to score something as to how funny it is unless I am given some kind of benchmark, so that I can say, for example, that four stars means funnier than joke X but not as funny as joke Y.I would have had more patience had the experiment required relative scoring of some sort, for example if it had presented the partipant with a random pair of puns and asked which, if any, is the funnier.
The absolute number of stars you give something don't matter -- what we're analyzing is which puns you rate as funnier than which others.I actually considered having people compare puns in a forced choice, but the math for analyzing such a study is more complicated. And, in fact, having people rate things on scales works remarkably well, which is why it's the standard methodology -- not just in science but also on Amazon.
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