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Lonely programmers develop algorithm that chat with hundreds of matches on Tinder at once 

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Lonely programmers develop algorithm that chat with hundreds of matches on Tinder at once

  • Programmers were having trouble matching with women on Tinder
  • One created an algorithm and taught it to swipe right on matches he liked
  • Another took the algorithm and taught it to have basic conversations 
  • The chatting bot was eventually banned from the Tinder app 

The charming person you are chatting with on Tinder may actually be a bot in disguise.

Programmers have developed technology that can choose and talk with matches, without the need of the human dater to get involved, Mashable reports.

A data scientists created an algorithm to access his Tinder profile and swipe on 100 women every day and a computer programmer took the technology one-step further – he trained it to have basic conversations.

Redesigned by Robert Winters, the bot was having around 200 conversations with different matches at once.

However, Tinder picked up on the technology rather quickly and banned Winters from the platform.

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Programmers have developed technology that can choose and talk with matches, without the need of the human dater to get involved. A data scientists created an algorithm to access his Tinder profile and swipe on 100 women every day and a computer programmer took the technology one-step further – he trained it to have basic conversations

Programmers have developed technology that can choose and talk with matches, without the need of the human dater to get involved. A data scientists created an algorithm to access his Tinder profile and swipe on 100 women every day and a computer programmer took the technology one-step further – he trained it to have basic conversations

The algorithm was initially created by Jeffery Li, a data scientists at DoorDash, who used it as a research tool and to help him improve his online dating life.

‘I’ve talked to a lot of female friends who were on dating apps, it tends to get overwhelming for them,’ he told Mashable.

‘However, on the other side of it, if a guy doesn’t have a great profile, you tend to get crickets.’

Li trained the technology, which he called the ‘DATE-A-MINER’ to swipe right on matches he would be attracted to using the Tinder API and Google images.

He then wrote a script, allowing him to swipe through each profile and save each image to a ‘likes’ folder or a ‘dislikes’ folder.

‘One problem I noticed, was I swiped left for about 80% of the profiles,’ Li wrote in his blog.

‘As a result, I had about 8000 in dislikes and 2000 in the likes folder.

The algorithm was initially created by Jeffery Li, a data scientists at DoorDash, who used it as a research tool and to help him improve his online dating life. Li trained the technology, which he called the' DATE-A-MINER' to swipe right on matches he would be attracted to using the Tinder API and Google images

The algorithm was initially created by Jeffery Li, a data scientists at DoorDash, who used it as a research tool and to help him improve his online dating life. Li trained the technology, which he called the ‘ DATE-A-MINER ‘ to swipe right on matches he would be attracted to using the Tinder API and Google images

This is a severely imbalanced dataset. Because I have such few images for the likes folder, the date-ta miner won’t be well-trained to know what I like.

‘It’ll only know what I dislike.’

‘To fix this problem, I found images on google of people I found attractive.

‘Then I scraped these images and used them within my dataset.’

Li told Mashable that he would get about five matches a week and would take over to chat with the women.

Two years later, Winters decided he also needed a boost when it came to online dating and downloaded Li’s file.

He taught the algorithm how to carry on a conversation using a program of rudimentary chats that would gone in one of two directions.

‘At one point, the bot was having maybe 200 conversations at a time,’ he told Mashable, adding, ‘I think Tinder knew this and they banned me, of course, from the platform.’

 

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