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To date, no online matching site has demonstrated the success of their algorithm in any way that would allow an independent skeptic to check their work or repeat their results.
The one online dating site that is relatively open about their matching methodology is the very popular OKCupid.
”) to the basic (e.g., “Is the earth bigger than the sun? After a user responds to a question she is presented with an importance scale to categorize how she wants a partner to respond.
Answers here range from “irrelevant” to “mandatory,” indicating that the user does not want to be matched with people who avoid that question.
The point value is logarithmic so the values increase exponentially as opposed to linearly. To calculate how well you match with someone else, the system takes your scores, the scores of the person whose profile you’re viewing, multiplies these together, and takes the square root.
If you’re a 95 percent match with someone, that means you answered many of that person’s questions “correctly” (i.e., in the way she indicated she wanted that question answered) and she answered your most important questions the same way.
Many of the 40‑plus million Americans who have tried online dating sites that use propriety (i.e., secret) matching algorithms aren’t that different from the poor souls who paid hefty sums to Brahmin wise men for predictive models that couldn’t be proven.
In some ways, science has triumphed over superstition.
But in many other crucial ways, the power of the esoteric has only grown.
“Astrology is the study of man’s response to planetary stimuli.
The stars have no conscious benevolence or animosity; they merely send forth positive and negative radiations.
But janam kundali–based matchmaking in India, which is still practiced today, is somewhat less transactional. Vedic matchmakers consider dozens of elaborate weighted variables as part of a predictive model.