Online Dating Algorithm Adding Up To Love

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – When we talk about finding love, some people say it’s a matter of chemistry. But, it may actually be a matter of math. North Texas mathematicians have come up with complicated equations which are the driving force behind some online dating sites.

 

For Dallas couple Bryan Joyce and Megan Thrasher, cupid’s arrow hit pretty hard when they met last March.

 

“We pulled up in the parking lot at the same time and I remember seeing him, and there’s just always that instant connection,” said Thrasher.

 

The two actually met in cyber-space first on the relationship website Match.com.

 

“I had been on it six months or so before I came across her profile,” Joyce remembered.

 

While the couple believes their instant connection in person sealed the deal, it was the initial online connection that first ignited a spark. Shortly after Thrasher signed up on the site, Joyce’s profile popped up.

 

“I was really specific about the things that I wanted,” Thrasher said. I knew that I wanted to find a long term person in my life.”

 

And, that’s exactly how the people behind Dallas-based Match.com designed it to work.

 

“Our algorithm is not based psychological theory,” said Amarnath Thombre who helped design Match.com’s algorithm. “It’s based on rigorous analysis of data of what people actually do on the site.”

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