For example- What role do the certain question(s) play in the subject’s life? In order to calculate compatibility, the computer must find a way to compare the answer to each question, the ideal partner’s answer to each question and the level of importance of the question against that of someone else’s answers.
The way that this is done is by using a weighted scale for each level of importance as seen below: Level of Importance Point Value Irrelevant 0 A Little Important 1 Somewhat Important 10 Very Important 50 Mandatory 250 You may be asking yourself ‘How is this computed?
Many would think these questions were based on matching people by their likes; it does often happen that people answer questions with opposite responses.
When two people disagree on a question asked, the next smartest move would be to collect data that would compare answers against the answers of the ideal partner and to add even more dimension to this data (such as including a level of importance).
“Like you use sentences to tell a person a story; you use algorithms to tell a story to a computer” (Rudder 2013).
In today’s day and age, we have the world at our fingertips.
The numerator is the total number of points that person B’s answers received.
Points are given depending on the other person’s response to what you were looking for.
The internet has made many things easier, including dating, allowing us to interact and connect with a plethora of new people–even those that were deemed unreachable just fifteen minutes beforehand.
Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OKCupid, examines how an algorithm can be used to link two people and to examine their compatibility based on a series of questions.