No other app comes close to its market share, but there are plenty of other offerings.Hinge, OKCupid and Zoosk are all players, and niche apps such as JSwipe (Jewish Tinder), Happn (location-based dating), Bumble (women have to be the ones who initiate the conversation) and The League ("curated" members have to be selected to join) have all found an audience.I'm the Managing Director of the Digital Media Group at Landmark|Shelly Palmer, a tech-focused investment banking and advisory firm specializing in M&A, financings, and strategic partnerships.You may also know me as Fox 5 New York's on-air tech expert. After about 60 manual swipes, the program has learned enough to start making choices for you -- at a speed you could not possibly replicate. If you have the time (and inclination), go ahead and build a Tinderbox for yourself.
Some Tinderbots use game theory and others use brute force, but my favorite uses data science to achieve its goal.Thod Nguyen, CTO of e Harmony, describes its approach as a compatibility matching system consisting of a "very sophisticated three tier process." A compatibility matching model identifies potential matches based on a proprietary 29-dimensional array.e Harmony's affinity matching model predicts the probability of communication between two people, and finally, the match distribution model helps ensure that e Harmony delivers "the right matches to the right user at the right time and to deliver as many matches as possible across our entire active network." While this sounds interesting and may actually work as a matching strategy, the inherent problem is bi-directionality.A generation ago, most young men would have considered happy hour at the Chainsaw Sisters Saloon a target-rich environment. Most importantly, while the odds of "getting lucky" were low, they were nonzero.So even if she said, "You're more likely to get struck by lightning than to go home with me," he could answer, "Awesome! " Millennials empirically know that bar crawling is for recreation -- not for archaic, time-wasting, low-percentage mating rituals.