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Online Dating Meets Statistics and Game Theory at Chicago Event

May 24, 2017

In a collaborative effort, the Smith Soc chapters at Chicago Booth and Northwestern Kellogg teamed up on May 23rd to host noted statistician and author Uri Bram for a reception and talk about the real world applications of statistical research.

Uri Bram is the bestselling author of Thinking Statistically, and also consults for major international organisations, and speaks at businesses and non-profits about using data and statistical thinking effectively in the real world.

Talking with the Booth and Kellog chapters, Bram delved into an aspect of his current work - how statistics and game theory are helping the producers of on-line dating apps build more successful match-making services, a version of which has appeared in The Economist.

In that piece, he wrote, "Traditional heterosexual dating apps have a fatal flaw: women get flooded with low-quality messages – at best vapid, at worst boorish – to the point where checking the inbox becomes an unappealing chore. Partly as a result, men see most of their messages ignored. Nobody is happy, but nobody can do anything about it." However, Bram noted, a new generation of dating apps impose limitations, based on game theory, and might actually be helping users make real connections. 

Socialability was in the air as well on stage, as the event gave members from both Kellogg and Booth a chance to connect as the 2016-17 academic year draws to a close.



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