Data Dating

Data Dating

Data Porn: New York’s Missed Connections By The Numbers

Lust train

For the tech set, there is nothing sexier than a good graph. Big data is a big deal, with venture capitalists dedicating entire funds to it. So when Betabeat found the Center for Missed Connections, it was love at first (web)site. The CMC is run by Ingrid Burrington and relies on posts from Craigslist Missed Connections in New York City to understand the longing that pulsates through the Big Apple.

You can see the amorous exchanges filtered by location—gym, coffee shop, laundromat or church. There is a terrific breakdown of which subway is most likely to result in a missed connection. No doubt the WiFi on the L train is helping love struck strap hangers to get their posts up while the memory is still fresh. Read More

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OkCupid Is Easy to Cheat On, Mathematically Speaking

They can teach you how to get a date

OkCupid has earned a reputation for its fun and insightful use of data, playing with the mountains of statistics it has on the science of love. But today it met its match in the mathematics blog Isomorphismes.

The main thrust of the argument here is that the mandatory questions users need to answer when creating a profile and finding a match really skew the system. They are often rather sensitive questions, for example Isomorphismes’ mandatories include: Do you think homosexuality is a sin, would you try to control your mate with suicide, would the world be a better place if people with low IQs were not allowed to reproduce (yikes!). Read More

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Computers Have Helped New Yorkers Find Dates Since 1965

To kick off a fascinating and lengthy piece about online dating in The New Yorker this week, Nick Paumgarten looks at TACT, the Technical Automated Compatability Testing service pioneered by an I.B. M programmer and an accountant from Queens after a visit to the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens.

For five dollars, customers got the chance to answer hundreds of questions where they offered their like, dislike and philosophies of life. Men got to choose their favorite hairstyle, women their favorite scene of a man at work. These answer were transferred to punch cards and fed into an I.B.M. 1400 Series. It got 5,000 subscribers in the first year. Read More