Dating websites which claim to match people with complex computer analysis of their traits and preferences may not really work, suggests new research.

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What study says?

  • The study found that a machine-learning algorithm just simply could not tell what makes two people click.
  • “Attraction for a particular person may be difficult or impossible to predict before two people have actually met,”.
  • A relationship is more than the sum of its parts.
  • There is a shared experience that happens when you meet someone that can’t be predicted beforehand.
  • The researchers used data from two samples of speed daters, who filled out questionnaires about more than 100 traits.
  • And preferences and then met in a series of four-minute dates.
  • Afterward, the participants rated their interactions, indicating level of interest in and sexual attraction to each person they met.


  • Experts used a machine-learning algorithm to test.
  • Whether it was possible to predict unique romantic desire based on participants’ questionnaire responses and before the individuals met.
  • The answer was ‘no’.
  • They found it was possible to predict the overall tendency for someone to like.
  • And to be liked by others but not which two particular people were a match.
  • Researchers said,we found we cannot anticipate how much individuals will uniquely desire each other.
  • In addition,in a speed-dating context with any meaningful level of accuracy.
  • It would be great if people were able to circumvent the hassle and heartache of the dating process by entering information into a computer and having it produce the perfect soul mate.

    “We tried to do it and we couldn’t do it,” expert said.

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