Mathematician Hacks OKCupid to Find True Love

The Boston math whiz found his fiancee by creating an algorithm to sort his best matches.
3:00 | 01/23/14

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Let's move on to the next story. I love this. About a Boston mass whiz who hacked his way to true love and figured out how to get the girl of his dreams. They're getting married now and ABC's Abbie Boudreau took a look at this brainy path to the altar. Reporter: It's a little more of "Beautiful mind." Then T than "The notebook" but it still got the job done. Chris Mckinley is so fed up with online dating he rye sorted to math to find his true love. I probably went on maybe a date or two a month for four or five months. Reporter: Frustrated but still hopeful Mckinley says he built his own algorithm to attract the best matches from the dating site he was on, Sounds romantic. This was very much grad student geek mode. Reporter: He wrote a book entitled "Optimal cupid" says he set up six fake profiles and used them to get information from about 20,000 women on a site. So there were seven clusters of people all of whose answers were similar. Reporter: From those clusters of women he studied how they answered key survey questions from the site including their interests and what they were looking for in a man. He says all of a sudden he had thousands of potential matches who put him at the top of their Li list. How many dates did you go on. 88. Reporter: At what point did you realize you found the one? About 20 minutes into the 88th date. Reporter: The last one? Well, that's why it was the last one. Reporter: Yeah. He says one year later he and Christine got engaged. Not so surprisingly over Skype. ABC news reached out to okcupid for comment but did not get a response. For "Good morning America," Abbie Boudreau, ABC news, los Angeles. Well, it worked for him but here are the results of our flash poll. We asked do you think there's a now. Dr. Michele Callahan Longtime WCVB anchor chess Chet Curtis has died. Through three decades he delivered the news good and bad to generations of new Englanders. Here's ed Harding. Good evening. I'm Chet Curtis. Now Tom Ellis, Chet Curtis, meet the people of chronicle. Chet Curtis. For a half century, new England invited Chet Curtis into their homes every night to tell them the news. Details coming up at 11:00. The pride of New York, he would go to Manhattan, but Boston is where the name Chet became synonymous with news. You can't lie to a camera, and the camera loves Chet Curtis because he's honest, he's real, he's human. Good morning, world. This is WCVB TV, channel 5, Boston, Massachusetts. Chet Curtis joined wcvb-tv for its launch back in 1972. From then on as a reporter and anchor, he provided generations of new Englanders for a front row seat of the new story of the times. There were election nights. No on question 5, 2-1 in suffolk county. Tall ships and world leaders, Chet and nat, their names rolling off our tongues. This is what the world knows as auschwitz. One of Chet's crowning victory was a trip to Poland for a tour of world war ii death camps. He was a leader we affectionately called the mayor. He was the social glue in

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