Algorithms and Sex Appeal: Could algorithms work for Sex Appeal? Can you look more sexy if you know some Mathematics?


From Wikipedia: an algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning. In simple words an algorithm is a step-by-step procedure for calculations.


Now let’s analyze it is a famous web site. On 2-Feb-2011 had acquired OkCupid for $50 million in cash. Many users expressed distress, worrying that they would now have to pay for OkCupid’s free dating services. Well, co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan, says that this isn’t the case. Now all users should be happy? Should I? No I am not a user? My relation to OkCupid started with their Okcupid Blog. They have funny talented statisticians and they like to run crazy analysis over their large set of data. They have interesting tests as well. İf you have not checked them out, you are decreasing your chance of finding the right one by 70%.

Remember we have talked about the Netflix Pragmatic Chaos algorithm. In this case the algorithm is not known or disclosed but thanks to their mathematicians that they are sharing interesting findings in their data set. OkCupid has the power of running millions of questions over thousands of their users in fairly small fraction of time. And they can easily come up with statistically very significant correlations. As we all know whaen the sample size increase the results get more and more significant.

1- If you are a okcupid user your best match is determined by an ALGORITHYM

2- How attractive you are depends on your photo!




This is how they are rated? For Woman an advice, A very significant advice:

“The more men disagree about a woman’s looks, the more they like her.”


The bar at the bottom represents the like count of those images in a scale of 1 to 5. Which one do you think got the most messages?

Ok final words: From OkCupid

“…But our advice can apply to anyone. Browsing OkCupid, I see so many photos that are clearly designed to minimize some supposedly unattractive trait—the close-cropped picture of a person who’s probably overweight is the classic example. We now have mathematical evidence that minimizing your “flaws” is the opposite of what you should do. If you’re a little chubby, play it up. If you have a big nose, play it up. If you have a weird snaggletooth, play it up: statistically, the guys who don’t like it can only help you, and the ones who do like it will be all the more excited.”





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