algorithms

The algorithms that make big decisions about your life

student protesting
student protesting

Thousands of students in England are angry about the controversial use of an algorithm to determine this year’s GCSE and A-level results.

They were unable to sit exams because of lockdown, so the algorithm used data about schools’ results in previous years to determine grades.

It meant about 40% of this year’s A-level results came out lower than predicted, which has a huge impact on what students are able to do next. GCSE results are due out on Thursday.

There are many examples of algorithms making big decisions about our lives, without us necessarily knowing how or when they do it.

Here’s a look at some of them.

Social media

In many ways, social-media platforms are simply giant algorithms.

Phone with Facebook logo in pocket
Phone with Facebook logo in pocket

At their heart, they work out what you’re interested in and then give you more of it – using as many data points

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Do you trust algorithms or do you want control?

Match vs. Zoosk: Do you trust algorithms or do you want control?
Match vs. Zoosk: Do you trust algorithms or do you want control?

Officially deciding that you’re going to try your hand at online dating is the easy part. It’s choosing which dating site is worth the monthly subscription fee that trips most people up.

Even folks who are novices in the online dating world probably have a general idea of the differences between popular dating apps and websites. You know that Tinder and the like are young, fast-paced, and the place for post-breakup horniness. You know that eharmony is big on its 32-dimension matchmaking questionnaire that pairs people who want to marry the next person they date. But what’s the difference between those super popular sites whose user bases are less defined? We figured you’d want the scoop on Match and Zoosk.

What’s the difference between Match and Zoosk?

Match is an online dating OG and it stays at the

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