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    6 comments  ·  General » Web app  ·  Admin →

    Hey Sameer – are you talking about the “Simplify debts” feature for groups? In general, we’ve assumed that everyone in a group knows each other, as groups are usually used for apartments and group trips and things like that. Could you give me more details on the specific case where this problem is happening for you? It’d be good to have more background and make sure we understand where you’re coming from.

    On the other hand, if you’re talking about the “Simplify debts” feature that works outside of groups, then our algorithm should take this into account already, as it only moves around debt between people who already have outstanding balances with each other.

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    Here's an illustration of a scenario I'm thinking of:

    The groups that I form on Splitwise are usually based on things that I do together with some folks, like group of friends living in the same city and sharing bills together, or sharing a T-Mobile plan. When I create a group, I add friends to the group whenever I split a bill with them. This does not mean always that the friends that I add to a group know each other very well.

    So in the illustration, I might go watch a movie with Alice, Bob and Eve, with Bob having paid for the tickets. Later, I might have dinner with Eve and pay for it. Now Eve owes Bob money for the movie, but doesn't really know him very well. Alice, on the other hand, is perfectly fine with paying Bob for the tickets.

    So in the real world, this scenario would entail Eve paying me for the tickets and for the dinner, and then I paying Bob my and Eve's share of the movie tickets.

    To summarize, I'm not talking about Simplify Debts (at least I think so). I'm talking about dropping the assumption that everyone in a group knows each other. While that would be a good starting point for a group by default, it would be nice to create fine grained relationships to simulate real world transactions more accurately.

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