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More than friends: Facebook data can reveal your significant other

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More than friends: Facebook data can reveal your significant other

The hundreds (or thousands) of connections in the average Facebook user's network are rife with significance, but difficult to analyze.

After putting the data of over a million Facebook users through careful analysis, researchers have found a reliable and intuitive measure for determining who a person's romantic partner is on Facebook — and even potentially how serious that relationship might be.

The study, by Lars Backstrom of Facebook and Jon Kleinberg of Cornell University, used 1.3 million users' data (carefully anonymized, of course); everyone was over 20, with between 20 and 2000 friends.

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