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Matching on Facebook

Facebook is a popular social networking site that was originally for college students but eventually opened up to a larger audience. Like other social networking sites, it allows users to make profiles, enter demographic information about themselves, and connect to their friends on the site. Facebook also includes an API that lets you query information about people and find out if two people are friends or not. By doing this, you can build a set similar to the matchmaker dataset using real people.

As of this writing, Facebook has remained very committed to privacy, so you can only view the profiles of people who are your friends. The API applies the same rules, requiring a user to log in and only allowing queries, so unfortunately, you’ll only be able to work through this section if you have a Facebook account and have connected to at least 20 people.


  

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