Rules generally do not permit contact information to be traded during the initial meeting, in order to reduce pressure, especially on women, to accept or reject a potential suitor to their face.
Speed dating events usually require advance registration, typically an online prepayment by credit card.
However, some may accept a few 'walk-ins' when needed to obtain an appropriate gender balance since it is usually essential that there be an equal number of men and women at each event.
In achieving its aim the results have been quite successful with reports that half of all participants come away with at least one promising match.
Because of the limited time to interact, it is important that there should be a reasonable degree of compatibility between the couples for there to be any chance of a match.
There can also be special niche events such as evenings for graduates only, gays and lesbians, older men with younger women and vice versa, movie lovers, ethnic events or similar religious affiliation.
Some of the intriguing results from data analysed from previous events (Kurzban and Weeden, 2005) include the conclusion that many people made their choices within the first three seconds of meeting and one would have to say that this would be solely on appearance.
The biggest failures to score a date were those who offered comments similar to "Do you come here often? The top rated female line was "What is you favourite pizza topping?
"Other findings from speed dating (Fisman, Iyengar, Kamenica and Simonsen, 2006) revealed that women showed a preference for men who grew up in affluent neighbourhoods.
To determine their suitability beforehand, the participants are given a survey involving a number of questions and only those who are deemed to be even mildly compatible are arranged to meet in the same session.
This research shows how binary logistic regression can be used to help any speed dating organisation determine whether a couple are compatible and even provide a probability that they will be a match.
Keywords: speed dating, logistic regression, compatibility1. INTRODUCTIONSpeed dating is a formal matchmaking process or dating system where the purpose is to seek out potential romantic partners over the course of a single event involving a brief face-on-face meeting.
According to the historical internet web site (Speed Dating, 2007) the concept of this style of "round robin dating" was reportedly founded by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo and his students in Los Angeles as a way of helping Jewish singles meet and marry.
Another study of 500 speed dates in Edinburgh, Scotland (Johnson, 2006) confirmed this, showing that 45% of the women participants in a speed-dating event and 22% of the men had come to a decision within the first 30 seconds.