Love is a crazy thing, makes your world go round and around. You find love where you least expect it. Pythagoras must have learnt a new lesson in how to find true love when math genius Chris McKinlay used OkCupid to do so. Using algorithm formulas to search for a soul-mate was never heard of before!
1. It sounded like a familiar story in the beginning, lonely white male, looking for a girl. Then it started sounding desperate, lonelier white male, looking for any girl, ASAP.
2. McKinlay had not had major success in dating by registering on OkCupid, until June 2012. All his messages sounded like spam and he felt like a specimen on the shelf, in the aisle of a super store.
3. Before I move on, it can be safely assumed that the fellow has above average intelligence; after all he was doing thesis in Mathematics. So, credit is due for a plan that was meticulously crafted.
4. OkCupid was founded by Majors in Maths at Harvard in 2004. Basically an adult answers a set of questions that are aligned with a potential match, who chose the same set of questions and answer them similarly.
5. Chances of the search being a hit each time is very low. In other words when it is a hit, you have struck jackpot, in numbers at least.
6. McKinlay’s esteem was hurt after seeing the dismal results that matched him with only a few 100 women, out of a potential several thousands in LA.
7. The numbers in his head started rolling at high speed and edged him on to put them to use in finding a gal for a change.
8. The urge to meet someone can drive us to new limits of persistence. McKinlay put his research and programming skills to construct a complicated series codes.
9. Using robots to troll profiles he first educated himself in finding out the questions commonly answered by women. And then went ahead and answered those questions.
10. He was very smart at making 5 major groups based on the data he collected from 22,000 women. And kept very suggestive names for the groups-
- Dog – all ladies above 33, looking for professionals, in the mean time had a dog.
- Tattoos- ladies around 27, had switched jobs and men, while waiting had got or more tattoos
- Mindful- ages around 37, had taken the plunge once and had kids as left over baggage
- Green- young at 25, ready to explore the mystical world of online dating
- God- at 26, strangely with very strong religious and ethical views
11. McKinlay couldn’t handle a truckload, so decided to concentrate on the first two groups. Smartly, he made two profiles and played with their interests and answered the same questions as them.
12. The maths started working magic for him. Every woman looked like a match, without having to buy a paid account. He was advertising himself to potential women by tweaking their quirks and traits.
13. On both the profiles he made a bio that laid stress on him as a math professor. The women were checking out his profile like bees swarming over a pot of maple syrup.
14. Desperation can really make us use our brain to the fullest. McKinlay now answered supposedly honestly, 500 critical questions, after his PC told him how important each was, to give due weight for the algorithm to work correctly.
15. A rock climber picture in one profile and playing a guitar in the other helped him zero in on potential mates.
16. Now when he ran a search he found women who matched him 99%. He now wrote a program that sent a pop up to all those women that he had visited their profiles.
17. Monday was for 41-year-olds, 40-year-olds on Tuesday and so on, till he reached 27-year-olds after two weeks. Messages started pouring in and lots of them.
18. You may term it as deceit in the most scientific way, most women found the figures impressive and intriguing.
19. Sadly, teleportation is still being researched or else he would have made each of these women pop out of the PC and dated them there and then in his miniscule UCLA cubicle.
20. He now decided to go out and face the music of the symphony he had created. Started dating women, one a day, sometimes multiple, parks, pubs, beaches.
21. Sadly, numbers don’t convert into feelings of the heart or gut feeling. The adrenalin was dropping with the same speed as the rejection rate.
22. He learned the hard way to not to get drunk on the first date, or a movie is a distraction. After 55 dates, he had repeats only thrice and only one led to a third meeting. Dismal figures I must say for a Maths Genius.
23. His faith in his numbers was shaken badly, until he got a message from Christine Tien Wang, a 28-year-old artist, with interest in prison abolitions.
24. Like any other normal girl, she had simple put a search for a 6-foot-tall guy with blue eyes near UCLA. Doesn’t take half your brain to decipher that. Mckinlay had popped up in that search.
Lovebirds we’re talking about
25. It was love at first sight, the instant attraction as evident and so was his instant confession about his love hacking pet project.
26. For the famous lab note book, she was date No. 88. They suspended their OkCupid accounts after two weeks and she was last heard commenting- “I found Him”
27. The irony of the story, a genius Math professor, found a treasure chest full of highly matched women. Sold himself on paper to them, but had the personality of a yutz, spelt his doom. After 87 women, his mate found him.
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