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Professor tries to connect Craigslist missed connections using science

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A new site attempts to bring together missed connections on Craigslist by matching up keywords.

Missed Connections
Missed Connections

Do you ever wonder how many of the "missed connections" on Craigslist ever really, well, connect? One NYU-Poly professor is attempting to increase the chances of that happening with a new site that creates matches based on keywords. The site compares posts from the same city, and based on the number of similar words used in each — words are given prominence based on type, with simpler words scoring lower and proper names scoring highest — comes up with the percentage chance that any two listings are actually a match. Creator Luke DuBois hasn't brought a couple together just yet, but he has reached out to eight possible matches, including a man who likes salami and the woman who once gave him a cigarette. Currently the site covers nine different cities across the world, including New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and London.