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This is my fourth Social Technology website, the first being from 1996, long before Social Media and Social Apps were big things.  I used to own the .org, .com and .net domain names, but lost them through negligence, stupidity, or being completely broke.

If the software I described in 1996 had existed at the time, I would have had good friends to help and a good job to finance my various projects.  That was the whole idea, software to make it easy to find excellent matches — lovers or spouses, best friends and jobs.  By excellent I mean the mythical one-in-a-million matches, perhaps the best job in the entire city, for example.

Later I extended this to other near-perfect matches, such as the best webpages to read, the best people to pitch an idea to, and even the best stock to buy.

I gave some clues as to the design and implementation of this software at various times,  but obviously I need to be much more specific, with fully worked-out examples.

That will take some time, but I’ll try to make public some of my work as soon as possible, including example data along with working programs in Python.  While cleaning things up to make that possible, I will put up some of that software engineering stuff, you know, user scenarios, requirements and functional analysis, plus some real design work.  Much of this is retrofitted, sad to say.   I came up with algorithms and wrote code long before putting up the scaffolding.  I am a long way from doing nice GUI user interfaces.  What I have now runs from the command line.  And, well, it’s not pretty.  Much of my code is embarrassing quick and dirty stuff.  I’ve to clean it up a bit, but I’ll write up and post some stuff as soon as I can.

The example data I have been  working with is realworld data, not made-up test stuff, but it is not ideal.  The best data available is in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, but the publicly releases do not include many of the important fields, and I do not have a higher level access status.  If anyone with second level access or above is interested in working with the great surveys, please let me know.  This would be an ideal project for some graduate student in sociology.  To obtain this status, see the document: Request_Level2_or_Level3_Data_14_October_2014.pdf, available from the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Sociology Department, contact Carol L. Roan.

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