STUDENT LIFE - Feb 2 - Datamatch is a free matchmaking service for college students that started at Harvard University but has now spread to 25 different institutions nationwide. The Harvard Computer Society first launched the service in 1994 as somewhat of a Valentine's Day love survey: Students answered 20 questions and were then matched with others whose responses most closely aligned with theirs. Each participating college has their own survey and distinct pool of users, but they work together in providing feedback on questions and planning publicity campaigns. Meanwhile the whole process is still headed by Harvard, whose algorithm that outputs the matches remains a logistical mystery.
by Samra Haseeb
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