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And while “marriage pacts” have probably long been informally invoked, they’d never been powered by an algorithm.
What started as Sterling-Angus and Mc Gregor’s minor class project quickly became a viral phenomenon on campus.
They’ve run the experiment two years in a row, and last year, 7,600 students participated: 4,600 at Stanford, or just over half the undergraduate population, and 3,000 at Oxford, which the creators chose as a second location because Sterling-Angus had studied abroad there.
“There were videos on Snapchat of people freaking out in their freshman dorms, just screaming,” Sterling-Angus said.
They found out they’d both grown up in Los Angeles, had attended nearby high schools, and eventually wanted to work in entertainment. “It was the excitement of getting paired with a stranger but the possibility of not getting paired with a stranger,” she mused.
“I didn’t have to filter myself at all.” Coffee turned into lunch, and the pair decided to skip their afternoon classes to hang out. In 2000, psychologists Sheena Iyengar and Mark Lepper wrote a paper on the paradox of choice — the concept that having too many options can lead to decision paralysis.
“Oh, my god, people were running down the halls trying to find their matches,” added Mc Gregor.
“We were like, ‘We have so much time, let’s do this.’” While the rest of the students dutifully fulfilled the class requirement of writing a single paper about an algorithm, Sterling-Angus and Mc Gregor decided to design an entire study, hoping to solve one of life’s most complex problems.But it’s unclear if the project can scale beyond the bubble of elite college campuses, or if the algorithm, now operating among college students, contains the magic key to a stable marriage.The idea was hatched during an economics class on market design and matching algorithms in fall 2017.Mc Gregor and Sterling-Angus read through academic journals and talked to experts to design a survey that could test core companionship values.It had questions like: How much should your future kids get as an allowance? Do you think you’re smarter than most other people at Stanford? Then they sent it to every undergraduate at their school. “Finding a life partner is probably not a priority right now. But years from now, you may realize that most viable boos are already hitched. When they closed the survey a few days later, they had 4,100. At around 11 pm the following Monday, they sent out the results. Resident assistants texted them saying the freshmen dorms were in chaos, and the Stanford memes Facebook page — where students share campus-specific humor — was awash in Marriage Pact content.