In the online dating arena there’s a reason people are increasingly turning to apps that rely on photographs and data instead of long essays about being a lover of Broadway shows and having a good sense of humor.
“Dating algorithms do exactly what they’re designed to do, which is to match two sets for data,” says Amy Webb, author of “Data, a Love Story: How I Gamed Dating to Meet My Match.
“In order to really match people based on more than preferences — which is to say their personalities, their observable behaviors and the like — you’d need more sophisticated machine learning, more natural language recognition, more computing power,” she says.
Location-based apps like Tinder focus on looks alone.
Making sense of dating algorithms is a virgin science and is still more miss than hit, says Mark Brooks, a dating-industry analyst and the editor of Online Personals Watch.
When people do find somebody they like, sites don’t often know why or how they’ve been successful, he says.
“So we don’t really know when the algorithm has worked.
That will change soon, with the rise of mobile and wearable computing.We’ll be able to survey singles when they leave dates to know just how well it went.That’s critical for us.” With the proliferation of dating sites and the acceptance of them as a mainstream way to meet people (even Britney Spears has a profile on Tinder) some people are going to extreme lengths to get a date. two months ago and wanted to meet friends to show him around.On Tinder, a swipe to the left means you’re not interested and a swipe to the right means you like the person; if they “right-swipe” you back, it’s a match. He also wanted to test out his robotic invention — a mechanical finger that held a conductive pen. “Although,” he adds, “I’m not sure how many of those were robotic fingers.” He received about 70 messages from girls within a 100-mile radius, but he only replied to one girl who worked in engineering.He called it the “Tinder-O-Matic,” which “likes” a new profile every 4 seconds, or 900 likes an hour. “I thought she might get a kick out of the project,” he says.He was 100% upfront about his “Tinder-O-Matic” as an experiment and he says it’s less invasive than software hacks like “Tinder Auto Liker,” which claims to do the same thing.