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Online dating is by no means a new thing anymore, and by some counts, we’re on the third iteration of improvement for internet dating. So that means we should be pretty close to perfecting these services, right? (Third time’s the charm?) Matching algorithms will probably get better and better with time, but then so will expectations. Here are just a few interesting links for geeky singles out there.
- Psychologists have pointed out that matching algorithms for long-term relationships are not significantly better than random. Dating algorithms aren’t actually so bad at excluding potentially “bad dates” — but that’s not what most online dating services offer. [url]
- The Secret Diamond Club takes advantage of some economic tricks to try to match up rich men with attractive women. The real secret, though, is that it probably doesn’t work at all — and it preys on lonely people with money. [url]
- Recently, the Nobel prize for economics was awarded for work on matching markets. The Gale-Shapely algorithm has been used for matching organ donors and doctors with hospitals, but maybe someday it’ll be used for finding romantic partners, too. [url]
If you’d like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.