Data Mining Reveals The Surprising Behaviour Of Dating Website Users | MIT Technology Review

Surprising Behaviour Of Dating Website Users

When it comes to finding the perfect mate, people aren’t as fussy as they make out, say researchers studying behaviour on online dating sites.

There are 54 million single people in the US and around 40 million of them have signed up with various online dating websites such as match.com and eHarmony. As a result, about 20% of current romantic relationships turn out to have started online.

So it’s no surprise that there is intense interest in understanding the behaviour of those who sign up and in improving systems designed to create a successful match.

Today, Peng Xia at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a few pals publish the results of their analysis of the behaviour of 200,000 people on an online dating site. Their conclusions are fascinating.

via Data Mining Reveals The Surprising Behaviour Of Dating Website Users | MIT Technology Review.

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