Dr Joel and her colleagues used a machine learning algorithm to test whether it was possible to predict unique romantic desire based on participants' questionnaire responses and before the individuals met. Entering information into a computer and having it produce the perfect soul mate is still a way off, researchers found.They found it was possible to predict the overall tendency for someone to like and to be liked by others — but not which two particular people were a match.'We found we cannot anticipate how much individuals will uniquely desire each other in a speed-dating context with any meaningful level of accuracy,' Dr Joel said.'I thought that out of more than 100 predictors, we would be able to predict at least some portion of the variance.'This makes it difficult to be identified,' Louanne said.'This is just annoying and won't do you any favours.'Transparency is key in the online dating world.Lonely hearts are falling out of love with online dating and returning to traditional matchmakers.The Association of British Introduction Agencies says its members, which vet potential partners and conduct face-to-face interviews, saw an increase of at least 27 per cent in inquiries over the past year.Dr Joel and her colleagues used a machine learning algorithm to test whether it was possible to predict unique romantic desire based on participants' questionnaire responses and before the individuals met. They found it was possible to predict the overall tendency for someone to like and to be liked by others — but not which two particular people were a match.'Attraction for a particular person may be difficult or impossible to predict before two people have actually met,' said Samantha Joel, a University of Utah psychology professor and lead author.'A relationship is more than the sum of its parts.There is a shared experience that happens when you meet someone that can't be predicted beforehand.'The researchers used data from two samples of speed daters, who filled out questionnaires about more than 100 traits and preferences and then met in a series of four-minute dates.
Dating websites claim attraction can be predicted from the right combination of traitsm but a new study suggests singletons have little hope of finding true love online.
The resurgence comes after numerous horror stories of fraudsters preying upon victims through online dating to gull them into handing over large sums of money.
The latest figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau reveal 3,889 romance-seekers were duped into handing over £39 million to criminals last year.
Linda Cloke, who runs the Click agency in Maidstone, Kent said: ‘People have opened their hearts to me about being conned online.‘I know one gentleman who was exploited by a woman who got him to buy all sorts of things for her including a £14,000 car.
He really believed they had found love but once she got what she wanted she dumped him.‘Another married a Russian woman he met online and she came to live here with her six-year-old.