I had been reading the paper "Recommendation in reciprocal and bipartite social networks - a case study of online dating"
I do not know which online dating site the authors used to test their recommender.
The masterminds behind the Facebook's graph search feature should also read that paper and notice "online dating" is a broad concept to define a large group of different proposals.
WorldWide, there are over 5,000 (five thousand) online dating sites they can be classified as:
1.0: "Browsing/Searching Options, Powerful Searching Engines" " "You
can fastly search for the person you want, but most probably that
person does not exist or does not want to meet you because you are not compatible with him/her."
1.5: "Unidirectional Recommendation Engines"
2.0: "Matching based on Self-Reported Data / Bidirectional Recommendation Engines"
3.0: "Compatibility Matching Algorithms"
is all about a high level on personality* similarity* between
prospective mates for long term mating with commitment.
*personality measured with a normative test.
*similarity: there are different ways to calculate similarity, it depends on how mathematically is defined.
STRICT PERSONALITY SIMILARITY and not "meet other people with similar interests"
The 3 milestone discoveries of the 2001 - 2010 decade for Theories of Romantic Relationships Development are:
Several studies showing contraceptive pills users make different mate
choices, on average, compared to non-users. "Only short-term but not
long-term partner preferences tend to vary with the menstrual cycle"
People often report partner preferences that are not compatible with
their choices in real life. (Behavioural recommender systems or other
system that learns your preferences are useless)
What is important in attracting people to one another may not be
important in making couples happy. Compatibility is all about a high
level on personality similarity between prospective mates for long term
mating with commitment.
Also there is a similarity trilogy between genetic, mate choice and personality based recommender systems.
Personality Based Recommender Systems are the next generation of recommender systems because they perform FAR better than Behavioural ones (past actions and pattern of personal preferences)
That is the only way to improve recommender systems, to include the personality traits of their users.
They need to calculate personality similarity between users but there are different formulas to calculate similarity.
case you did not notice, recommender systems are morphing to ..........
compatibility matching engines, as the same used in the Online Dating Industry since years, with low success rates, because they mostly use the Big5 to assess personality and the Pearson correlation coefficient to calculate similarity.
Please remember: Personality traits are highly stable in persons over 25 years old to 45 years old.
In compatibility matching methods there are 2 steps:
1) to objectively measure personality traits or other human variables (with the 16PF5 test) without distortion.
2) to calculate compatibility between prospective mates
personality tests are OBSOLETE (self-descriptive questionnaires) and
should be discarded: MBTI (PerfectMatch), DISC (ThomasKnowsPeople),
Enneagram (Dopasowani) or other proprietary ipsative tests like the ones
used at Chemistry, ButterfliesAgain, Doskonalapara, PembePanjur,
LittleHint, oneGoodLove and others.
personality tests like Big5 versions used at PlentyOfFish, eHarmony , Meetic Affinity, Parship, Be2, True are good for guidance (for orientation)
purposes but not good enough for predictive purposes.
the Big Five groups the more specific primary-level factors, feedback
organized around the five Global Factor scales is more easily
understood. For detailed feedback or predictive purposes, one should
assess the more specific primary factors. Research has shown that more
specific factors like the primary scales of the 16PF Questionnaire
predict actual behavior better than the Big 5 Global Factors. For
example, one extravert (a bold, fearless, high-energy type) may differ
considerably from another (a sweet, warm, sensitive type), depending on
the extraversion-related primary scale score patterns, so deeper
analysis is typically warranted." Extracted from the 16PF5 Manual
Online dating sites using the Big Five model could be considered obsolete sites, because the Big Five model has
been proven as "an incomplete model"
can not simply be translated, because you need the norm for that test,
and that norm is actualized each and every time Census Figures are
The 16PF5 test is available in
English for the United States and the Norm for the United States
(sample of individuals with the same demographic characteristics of the
- English for Canada and the Norm for Canada (sample of individuals with the same demographic characteristics of Canada)
English for the United Kingdom and the Norm for the United Kingdom
(sample of individuals with the same demographic characteristics of the
English for Australia and the Norm for Australia (sample of individuals
with the same demographic characteristics of Australia).
- French for France and the Norm for France.
- German for Germany and the Norm for Germany.
- Spanish for Spain and the Norm for Spain.
- Italian for Italy and the Norm for Italy.
many more "With over 60 years of research and application behind it,
the 16PF5 has become internationally well known and respected, with over
20 different translated versions."
output of the 16PF5 test are 16 variables STens (Standard Tens) taking
integer values from 1 to 10. STens divide the score scale into ten
have the advantage that they enable results to be thought of in terms
of bands of scores, rather than absolute raw scores. These bands are
narrow enough to distinguish statistically significant differences
between candidates, but wide enough not to over emphasize minor
differences between candidates.
WorldWide, there are over 5,000 -five thousand- online dating sites
but no one is using the 16PF5 (or similar) to assess personality of its members!
but no one calculates similarity with a quantized pattern comparison method!
but no one can show Compatibility Distribution Curves to each and every of its members!
but no one is scientifically proven!
The only way to revolutionize the Online Dating Industry
is using the 16PF5 normative personality test, available in different
languages to assess personality of members, or a proprietary test with
exactly the same traits of the 16PF5 and expressing compatibility with eight decimals
(needs a quantized pattern comparison method, part of pattern
recognition by cross-correlation, to calculate similarity between
High precision in matching algorithms is precisely the key to open the door and leave the infancy of compatibility testing.
It is all about achieving the eighth decimal!
With 8 decimals, you have more precision than any person could achieve by searching on one's own, but the only way to achieve the eighth decimal is using analysis and correlation with quantized patterns.
Without offering the NORMATIVE16PF5 (or similar test measuring exactly
the 16 personality factors) for serious dating, it will be impossible to
innovate and revolutionize the Online Dating Industry
All other proposals are NOISE and perform as placebo.
What comes after Social Networking?
My bet: The Next Big Investment Opportunity on the Internet will be …. Personalization!
Based Recommender Systems and Strict Personality Based Compatibility
Matching Engines for serious Online Dating with the normative 16PF5
personality test. The market remains enormous!!
Which is the RIGHT approach to innovate in the Personality Based Recommender Systems Arena?
The same approach to innovate in the Online Dating Industry
== 16PF5 test or similar to assess personality traits and a new method
to calculate similarity between quantized patterns. Oh that is exactly
............ guess ............. yes ........ LIFEPROJECT METHOD, ready since 2001!