Machine Learning Reveals What Makes People Happy In A Relationship

Machine Learning Reveals What Makes People Happy In A Relationship

via Forbes by Elizabeth Fernandez

What makes us happy in a romantic relationship? The question might seem too complex to answer, too varied couple to couple. But a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences attempts to answer just that – using machine learning. 

Previous studies on romantic satisfaction were limited in size. By using machine learning, however, researchers were able to analyze a massive amount of data, which included over 11,000 different couples from 43 data sets. Individual studies are many times limited – it is difficult and expensive to recruit couples for the studies. It’s also exhausting for the participants. Using machine learning to analyze a large amount of data from pre-existing studies bypasses these problems.

The researchers looked at variables that could predict happiness within a relationship. Some of these, such as neuroticism, political orientation, conscientiousness or family history were qualities of the individuals involved. Others, such as appreciation, affection and perceived partner commitment were qualities of the relationship.Recommended For You

Of these, qualities of the relationship, rather than the individuals involved, contributed more to overall satisfaction. The five most important were how much they believed their partner was committed to the relationship, how much they appreciated their partner, sexual satisfaction, how much they believed their partner was happy in the relationship, and not fighting often…

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