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Chris McKinlay

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“All of a sudden, I became the top match for over 30,000 women.”


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Chris is a data scientist who works on distributed computing and machine learning; he has access to super-computers, which led to his…


Feeling lonely in his thesis cubicle, Chris used his super-computing time to hack the dating website site OkCupid; let’s just say he got a whole bunch of women to “date a scientist.”

I Hacked OkCupid

Chris McKinlay uses the power of super-computing - and his own brain - to "trend globally" on a dating website. Then he finds true love.

The Best Dating Website?

Chris McKinlay assesses the various dating websites and shares the best possible advice of all for finding love - "be real."

The Two Ends of BuzzFeed

After his adventures in dating, Chris McKinlay finds that BuzzFeed is deeply conflicted about him.

About Chris McKinlay

Chris McKinlay is a Data Scientist who got his doctorate from UCLA in Applied Mathematics. He first got turned onto the idea of applying mathematics during his time as a member of an offshoot of the MIT blackjack team. He later applied mathematics by hacking into the OkCupid dating website and eventually going on dates with 88 women. It took awhile, but the 88th woman ended up being “the one.” Chris is now designing and directing the data science school of the future .

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