Everyone knows that eHarmony studies marriages to find out what features of individuals and couples predict the best relationships.  What you may not know, however, is that eHarmony has also spent years using complex machine-learning algorithms to predict which couples are most likely to talk to each other online so that they can help their users actually get to that first date.

In his talk at DataScience: Elevate, Carter discusses how eHarmony is focusing its research on what makes for a great first date, with a first phase focusing on the funniest part of your personality: Your sense of humor.