Google Maps on iOS has been updated Tuesday with a feature that shows you how well you “match” with a restaurant. With the match feature, Google Maps will use the data it has available on you, such as other places you’ve visited and interests you provide, to predict if you would like a particular restaurant.
Google says the score is calculated “based on your unique preferences.” When the feature was first announced, in May, Google gave a bit more thorough explanation.
“We use machine learning to generate this number, based on a few factors: what we know about a business, the food and drink preferences you’ve selected in Google Maps, places you’ve been to, and whether you’ve rated a restaurant or added it to a list. Your matches change as your own tastes and preferences evolve over time—it’s like your own expert sidekick, helping you quickly assess your options and confidently make a decision,” the company said at the time.
The “match” score will not show up for every restaurant, which probably has to do with the amount of data Google has on it. I’ve tried it out on a couple of places in my surroundings (that I ate at before) and the results were solid but not perfect. Looking at this score alone wouldn’t be enough to pick that perfect restaurant, but it probably wouldn’t send me to some horrible place, either.