Stanford had recently begun renting the IBM 650 mainframe computer (with an instruction speed of 22-33 ips, for ,750 per month.) As part of the programming course for which Harvey and Fialer registered, they were able to run their final algorithm on the new IBM computer.Their project consisted of matching 50 males students with 50 female students according to similarity on their responses to a survey.A brute force algorithm, testing all students against each other, the program computed difference scores from which could be determined the best matches.
However, being the students they were, the pair broke into the computing labs and ran the program for all students.
They held a large party for the match-dates, however no long-term relationships developed. Early experiments such as these occurred at a few campuses until 1965, when Harvard students Jeff Tarr and Merrill Vaughn launched Operation Match.
Operation Match is considered the first commercial computer dating venture.
Tarr and Vaughn were Psychology majors and developed a more sophisticated matching system than was Harvey’s unscientific “seems reasonable” method, though their approach was questionnaire-based as well.
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