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The experience kindled his interest in applied math, ultimately inspiring him to earn a master's and then a Ph D in the field.
Mc Kinlay set up his bots to simply answer each question randomly—he wasn't using the dummy profiles to attract any of the women, so the answers didn't matter—then scooped the women's answers into a database.
Mc Kinlay watched with satisfaction as his bots purred along.
He then sorted female daters into seven clusters, like "Diverse" and "Mindful," each with distinct characteristics.
Maurico Alejo Even for a mathematician, Mc Kinlay is unusual.
He brought in a second computer from home and plugged it into the math department's broadband line so it could run uninterrupted 24 hours a day.
After three weeks he'd harvested 6 million questions and answers from 20,000 women all over the country.
And that was in a city containing some 2 million women (approximately 80,000 of them on Ok Cupid).
On a site where compatibility equals visibility, he was practically a ghost. If, through statistical sampling, Mc Kinlay could ascertain which questions mattered to the kind of women he liked, he could construct a new profile that honestly answered those questions and ignored the rest.
"They could see some new game—like Three Card Pai Gow Poker—then go home, write some code, and come up with a strategy to beat it."Now he'd do the same for love. While his dissertation work continued to run on the side, he set up 12 fake Ok Cupid accounts and wrote a Python script to manage them.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating