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I've been looking at the similiar people finding gizmo on here and find the results very very odd. None of the people I feel a connection with (the people IRL I class as friends) show up in the top 150 list it generates. The people it does list, whilst sharing a fair number of interests with me, seem utterly strange and alien.

Does this mean that we've left out an interest that would tie us more together? More than likely it's the metric it uses to work out who we're most akin to. I have noticed that it's not reversable - nemy has sea_cucumber listed with a score of 13.310, but he doesn't feature at all on here list (yes, her the range of her scores do cover it). I'm guessing it takes into account how many interests you have in totally too or something.

This means that whilst the person at the top of my list (tinjuko) gets quite a high score on my list - I could get a completely different score on his. Probably a very low one. It's a shame you can't get the scores between 2 people out, or that the algorithm generated the same score either way around.

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It's probaly because that, while x rates high on y's list, y rate's low on x's list because a, b and c, who are not on y's list but are on x's have a lot more in common with x then y does.

Yes, that does actually make sense. :D

It doesn't work like that. According to the page, the scores are based on the number of similiar interests and their rarity. It then lists the top 150 people. So in theory, if I share 20 interests with you - that should mean you share 20 interests with me. And their rarity rating should be the same. So I'd expect the scores to be the same too. I can only guess that they take into account how many interests you have in total. Maybe I could try it as an experiment...

Not being able to acress the featur as I'm a poor little free user, I can't even look. *Sigh*

You guys will get it eventually - they're trialing it with us first because (I'd imagine) there are less of us.

Anyway - I tried an experiment. I gave myself just 1 very rare interest (tight fitting clothing) and as expected - got 1 person who matched: score 10.102. I had a look to see what I got on their list and oddly got the same. Added another interest and the scores didn't change. So now I'm utterly confused.

Oh well...maybe what I need to do is have a spring clean of my interests and see if that makes any more sense.

You know, it might be that you have a tad to much time on your hands.

Yup! The joys of having a slacker-type job :)

I tried the list and it was full of goths! There was only one that was actually on my friends list in there, and that was the Egham community!!!

Well see! You're doing better than I am. Good excuse to add some of the nicer ones to your friends' list.

And, er, I have tinjuko as well but you aren't in my list at all...

The closest match (from people I actually know) I get is crag_du (No 13) which is a bit worrying... ;o)