The researchers later compared the algorithm’s predictions to participants’ actual reports of romantic desire. But the machines had zero ability to match a specific person with another person.
Joel, who teaches at the University of Utah, didn’t seem surprised that machines performed so poorly.
Chang-Finnie said the group is open to dogs of all ages, sizes and personalities.
However, the event wasn't only about the dogs who attended.
(Although Tinder and other swipe-based dating apps don’t try to make specific matches, Tinder does use algorithms based on swiping behavior to identify people whom others find desirable.) But matters of the human heart are hard to predict—as psychologists Samantha Joel, Paul Eastwick, and Eli Finkel found out when they conducted their own speed-dating events.