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Facebook Can Predict if Your Relationships Will Last

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October 31, 2013
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Researchers from Cornell University and Facebook say they've developed an algorithm that can predict whether a couple will make it for the long haul. It's mostly based on a couple having mutual friends within multiple social networks. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) explains.


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