Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Tallulah Pomeroy

Can Desire or Love Be Predicted?

Data versus the real world: what compatibility algorithms can’t tell you.

This is DATA, a monthly column by Angela Chen on numbers, nerdery, and what it means to live an evidence-based life.

I’m a friend of a friendYou know Mark, right?


I would meet my soulmate soonHe would be 5’8” and blond, with blue or gray eyes, and I would meet him in either two weeks or two months.

Psychological Science.



We’ll get to career,But more important is that I think you’ll meet a man who will be very important in an emotional way.

Not a chance

Angela Chen is a science journalist at The Verge. Her reporting and essays have also been published  in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic,  Paris Review, Aeon Magazine, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian,  Hazlitt, Electric Literature, and more. She is on Twitter: @chengela