|The Humor Research Lab team, helmed by Adrian Ward and Caleb Warren, created the Humor Algorithm (HA) to rank the 50 funniest cities in America – the most comprehensive analysis of humorous cities ever attempted.
Over a nine-month period, the team collected extensive data for the project. First, they mined the Internet and the comedy industry for a variety of objective measures:
Frequency of visits to Cheezburger comedy websites, such as Lolcats and FAIL Blog
Number of comedy clubs per square mile in each city
Traveling comedians’ ratings of each city’s comedy-club audiences
Number of famous comedians born in each city, divided by city population
Number of famous funny tweeters living in each city, divided by city population
Number of comedy radio stations available in each city
Frequency of humor-related web searches originating in each city
Then, the team conducted an extensive survey with more than 900 residents from the top ten cities determined by the objective measures above.
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