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Online matchmaking is a complex formula

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Statistics show singles more than ever are finding love online. With so many websites to choose from, competition is stiff for these dot-coms. So these online match makers are now relying on complex formulas to predict who you will like.

Gone are the days of matching up someone based on just height or hair color. Now dating websites make matches based on your behaviors, your language, and even what movies you like.

These websites are really mastering the art of data collection. You might not even realize you are giving them clues about who your next match might be.

Match.com, the largest online dating site in the world, told us they may in the future even use facial recognition technology. If you choose someone you think you picked for his religion who also happened to have a strong chin, match may suggest others not from the same religion but with a strong chin.

Other websites, like howaboutwe.com, suggest possible dates after you describe what you like to do on a date.

Others pair you using your Facebook information and they might match you with a friend of one of your friends.

These online detectives have already discovered something unique about New Yorkers: they like to date people close to home and preferably in their own borough.

So it's not just what you say yourself. In some cases it's how or where you say it.

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