Harvard Students Flock to Datamatch

The results of Datamatch, Harvard's online matchmaking service, were e-mailed to 2,195 students early yesterday morning, although most did not lose any sleep over them.

"I was expecting to be more excited, but I didn't know the guys, so it was disappointing," said Naomi E. Straus '04.

The Harvard Computer Society (HCS) revised Datamatch, which had been used in previous years. Those in search of Cupid's arrow or a good laugh answered 30 questions regarding their preferences on ideal dates, favorite television shows and books, and more.

HCS's computer program then generated a list of the ten closest matches with complex algorithms.

There was no obligation to contact anyone on the list of matches.

First-years (651) and sophomores (664) most eagerly participated in Datamatch. The interest of upperclassmen waned, with 538 juniors and 328 seniors taking part.

The gender balance was fairly equal--1,069 males and 1,126 females.

Eliot and Lowell Houses showed the most enthusiasm, with 173 and 156 students submitting data, respectively.