Students: Computerized Companions

When you take a bath at home, who cleans the bathtub?

Would you say you are: a) The neatest person in your group of friends, b) about average, c) a real slob, but trying to improve, d) a real slob, and happy?

During the summer, 800 incoming freshmen at the Riverside campus of the University of California answered eight pages of such personal questions as these. The school's purpose in making this impertinent inquiry was to combat a major cause of student restiveness: mismatched dormitory roommates. Answers to the questionnaire, which focused on...