Why is sarcasm so difficult to detect in texts and emails?

Sarcasm

DO IT SOMETIME What’s up? Sarcasm, has been defined as “Words used to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning of a sentence.” Sarcasm thrives in ambiguous situations – and that’s the main issue.
What’s new? Studies have examined the use of sarcasm in a variety of everyday situations. The problem is that a lot of previous studies of sarcasm have been done on spoken sarcasm, which tends to give listeners cues. Studies have shown that people realise that they have a tough time interpreting sarcasm in writing. Algorithms have actually been built to determine the presence of sarcasm and rudeness in tweets, user reviews and online conversations. In order to correctly detect sarcasm, researchers found that algorithms need both linguistic and semantic information built in.
So what? Sarcasm’s subtlety means that the algorithms require more specification in their coding – unless you #sarcasm.
SOURCE:  The Conversation

 

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