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Can Desire or Love Be Predicted?

Data versus the real world: what compatibility algorithms can’t tell you.

This is DATA, a monthly column by Angela Chen on numbers, nerdery, and what it means to live an evidence-based life.

I’m a friend of a friendYou know Mark, right?


I would meet my soulmate soonHe would be 5’8” and blond, with blue or gray eyes, and I would meet him in either two weeks or two months.

Psychological Science.



We’ll get to career,But more important is that I think you’ll meet a man who will be very important in an emotional way.

Not a chance