No fewer than three people sent me today's WIRED article How a Math Genius Hacked OKCupid to Find True Love today. I'm going to assume it is because they know I like data analysis.
So this guy in LA, Chris McKinlay, he is working on his PhD in mathematics and he decides to try and improve his online dating results by doing mathematical modeling. You should read the article yourself, it is pretty amazing what he did. From an analytics perspective I'm super impressed. But my high level take-aways are:
1. He might be obsessively crazy. He started ignoring his dissertation work and gave up his apartment and started living in his cubicle while working on this since he was sleeping there most nights already. You might call it dedicated or financially practical, but I call it HOMELESS. He wasn't sleeping on the street but he didn't have any semblance of privacy or permanence, showering at the gym and eating I don't know what. I may be narrow minded, but I wouldn't date a guy who lived in a van down by the river, no way I would date a guy living at his office.
2. Despite the vast numbers of single people looking for a partner, finding love in a truly compatible relationship is really incredibly hard. Even with math and science on his side to narrow down the matches to the most probable, it still took 88 first dates to find a woman he clicked with. This does not fill me with hope.
But hey, he's getting married now, so I guess 88 first dates were worth it. I just wonder if he had moved out of his cubicle and into an apartment by the time he met her.