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Marketplace Tech for Thursday, January 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Online dating websites use all kinds of technology and calculations to help you find a mate. It could be as simple as giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to a photo, or as complicated as a long list of questions asked, points scored, and intense mathematical algorithms that play digital matchmaker. Mathematician Chris McKinlay was working on his doctorate and his love life at the same time, and found that he was unsatisfied with the calculations made. So he hacked an answer and in the process wrote "Optimal Cupid: Mastering the Hidden Logic of OkCupid." 

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African-American hosts on Airbnb may make less on listings

Jan 23, 2014
Researchers say that African-Americans who rent out comparable apartments in similar neighborhoods charge less for their listings than white hosts do.
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Hacking OKCupid to find true love

Jan 23, 2014
A mathematician has written a new book that tells you the secret of OKCupid's algorithms.

Tech worker-SF resident class war comes to Google engineer's front doorstep

Jan 23, 2014
San Francisco protesters are targeting a Google engineer in the latest clash between city residents and tech workers.

Online dating websites use all kinds of technology and calculations to help you find a mate. It could be as simple as giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to a photo, or as complicated as a long list of questions asked, points scored, and intense mathematical algorithms that play digital matchmaker. Mathematician Chris McKinlay was working on his doctorate and his love life at the same time, and found that he was unsatisfied with the calculations made. So he hacked an answer and in the process wrote “Optimal Cupid: Mastering the Hidden Logic of OkCupid.” 

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