A look at OKCupid’s algorithm: Getting personal with TED-Ed for Valentine’s Day


Good talk about a web site on which I have been a member for a long time.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

How, exactly, does online dating work? In a this perfect-for-Valentine’s-Day TED-Ed lesson, OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder walks you through how the dating website does its matching — by using a carefully-honed algorithm to create a compatibility rating for two potential daters. In this fascinating video, Rudder shares how the site lets daters decide which factors are most important to them — and then crunches the numbers behind the scenes.

TED-Ed animator Franz Palomares jumped at the chance to animate this lesson, for a very specific reason — he met his wife online. We interviewed him to find out more.

What was your inspiration for wanting to work on this particular lesson?

The general inspiration was very personal. Seven years ago, I met my wife on a dating website! So I felt a great attachment to this lesson.

Artistically, I had a lot of different inspirations. I knew immediately that I…

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