Almost half of all single adults in the United States have used online dating, a still-growing field (Gelles, 2011). Anonymity on dating sites is often marketed as a premium feature, but its effectiveness in different demographic groups has not been shown by published research. Therefore, our first goal was to obtain permission for a popular online dating site to access a dataset containing demographics and interactions of 100,000 de-identified users. We then ran “Big Data” analytics on the dataset to compare the quality and quantity of online-dating matches when a user uses a dating site anonymously or non-anonymously. The authors used R-programming language to clean the set and sort users, as well as run advanced statistical tests. Results showed that anonymity significantly decreases quantity of matches (p < 0.0001) and does not significantly increase quality of matches (p > 0.05), despite the fact that the dating site markets anonymity as a beneficial feature.
The second goal was motivated by a
literature search that revealed the Gale-Shapley deferred acceptance-matching
algorithm, which generates mathematically stable matches. First, linear
regressions were programmed in R to generate preference formulae for all users.
Then, preference-assigning software was written in Java to apply these formulae
to established matches. Finally, the algorithm was programmed and adapted to
use the preference-assigning software to produce matches. The authors’
application removes a massive limitation on the use of the Gale-Shapley
algorithm, making it applicable to many fields, from matching residents and hospitals
to students and colleges.
I am a senior. This is my
second year in Breck’s Advanced Science Research program. Last year, I
conducted research on Alzheimer’s disease and developed a new methodology to
diagnose Alzheimer’s using retinal biomarkers. I am interested in
computer science, and hope to double-major in CS and the Chinese
language. Outside of school, I listen to a lot of music, totaling 21 Spotify
playlists. My favorite artists are Coldplay, Sara Bareilles, Green Day, Cage
the Elephant, and Ray LaMontagne. I enjoy being involved in the community and
am involved in a variety of activities at Breck, including Cross Country, Computer
Science Club, Mock Trial, BATO BATO!, and Student Service Council. Outside of
Breck, I read a lot, especially fantasy. Oh, I forgot—I also like cats.
I am a senior, and I have been at Breck since kindergarten. I had the opportunity to participate in many activities throughout my Breck experience. Through Advanced Science Research I was able to pursue my interest in computer science and large dataset analysis, and improve my presenting skills, something that will serve me well in the coming years. Additionally, Breck's excellent Chinese program has given me a wealth of multicultural experiences while bolstering my desire to become fluent in Chinese and even attend school in China. One of my passions is cross country skiing, which I have participated in both inside and outside of Breck since I was 10. I am a team leader of Breck's Military History Club, and production manager of Breck's Garden for Good student-led service site. When vacations come, I enjoy being outside and hiking.
Also, Elena likes cats.
"I’ve found that Advanced Science Research is an experience that
draws not just on science, but also team-building. It is about science, but it is more than just the science: it is also an opportunity to problem-solve, to learn presentation skills, and to connect with others on the team and at science
"Be proactive: seek out opportunities and promote yourself. There is much you will be asked to do in Science Research, but what is most gratifying is what you ask yourself to do."
Honors & Awards
Elena Berman (2017) & Raunak Vijayakar (2017) worked at the Carlson School of Management under the guidance of Dr. Ravi Bapna. Elena will be attending Stanford University this coming fall. Raunak will be working in Denali National Park as part of his gap year.
State Science and Engineering Fair
Science & Engineering Fair Alternates, awarded an opportunity to
attend Intel's international competition in May 2017 in Los Angeles, CA
Research Mathematica Software Award – Mathematica software for 1st
place project in each category
State Science and Engineering Fair participant
Twin Cities Regional
Psychological Association Award
of Minnesota Sponsor Award
ribbon signifying qualification to the Minnesota State Science Fair
Competition in April
Paper Competition participant
Elena Received NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
National Center for Women
& Information Technology National Honorable Mention recipient
Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Award State