August 24, 2003

A Nerd's Search for Love.

A nerd goes on a date. Let's say there's a 50/50 chance that he'll like her enough to ask for a second date. Likewise, assume there's a similar probability that she'll, in turn, like him enough to accept. This means there is only a 1 in 4 chance of a second date.

Now assume our dating couple is a bit more selective. Each needs a prospective mate to be compatible on physical, intellectual, emotional and sexual levels. For each of these qualities let's once again say that the odds are even for a match. Now the probability of finding your soulmate drops to less than 1 in 100. Thus to find my soulmate I'll need to date, on average, nearly a hundred women - and that's assuming my luck is average, which doesn't seem to be the case recently. I might have to date two or three hundred women to find Ms Right. I'd better get busy.

Posted by thom at August 24, 2003 01:09 PM

I think your math is based on the assumption you date on a random, rather than informed, basis. I dated maybe four or five people before I met my wife (at age 26) -- the trick? determining the likelyhood of second, third, and fourth dates before even wasting my time on a first. Sure, it made for more lonely fridays. But I also got to spend a lot more of my free money on CDs.

Posted by: John at September 4, 2003 05:23 PM

Sure, ruin all my fun by pointing out it's not that bad. It's true no one actually dates randomly, but sometimes it feels like it. Now I'm going to have to come up with a far more complex model to rationalize (er, explain) why I'm not a complete loser.

Still, I'd like to thank you for actually leaving a comment -- no matter how much emotional pain it might cause. I'm curious how you found my blog.

Posted by: paulthom at September 5, 2003 10:36 PM

that also asumes your mrs lived close so you can date here what if she lives out of state? or the country?

Posted by: stephie at September 14, 2003 07:37 AM
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