Chris McKinlay, a Ph.D. student at UCLA, created a number of fake profiles on the dating site, along with some programs that would mine data, to meet 28-year-old Christine Tien Wang — an artist narrowed down from McKinlay’s initial search for an indie-type woman in her mid-20s who lived in either Los Angeles or San Francisco.
With 6 million answers from 20,000 prospective mates, he then used an algorithm to sort through the women he’d like to meet.
He finally found her.
The pair has been together ever since and even managed to last through Wang’s move to Qatar for a one-year art fellowship. McKinlay later proposed via Skype.