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Horizon with Hannah Fry and How to Find Love Online

21 April 2016

Horizon with Hannah Fry and How to Find Love Online

On Monday night (25th April) BBC2 will air an episode of Horizon presented by CASA’s own Hannah Fry.

The programme, entitled “How to find love online”, is based on the experiments in Hannah’s 2015 book “The Mathematics of Love”.

Co-presenter Xand van Tulleken is a doctor, broadcaster and singleton. Using him as a guinea pig, Hannah tests whether the algorithms that dating sites use to match people actually work. The two seek answers to the questions that have puzzled a generation of internet singles: How important is your profile picture? What kind of dating site is best to use? And how can a computer tell your dream date from a dud?

As part of the programme, CASA MRes student Thomas Russell built a Horizon themed dating website and matching algorithm that was open for members of the public to join. As to whether that led to any romantic connections? You’ll have to watch the programme to find out.

Horizon: How to Find Love Online. 25th April 9pm BBC2