Will Scully-Power

The Mathematics of Marriage
August 25, 2009, 12:54 am
Filed under: Numerati, Statistics | Tags: ,

math and sexSuppose you are told you must marry, and that you must choose your spouse out of 100 applicants.

You may interview each applicant once. After each interview you must decide whether to marry that person.

If you decline, you lose the opportunity forever. If you work your way through 99 applicants without choosing one, you must marry the 100th. You may think you have 1 in 100 chance of marrying your ideal partner, but the truth is that you can do a lot better than that.

More: http://trueslant.com/ryansager/2009/08/17/the-mathematics-of-marriage/


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It’s not necessarily true that you can do better than that. A large amount of unhappiness in marriage comes from being disillusioned by the other persons actions. If you get married to someone you’re pretty sure you could love one day but aren’t quite sure, there’s a lot more time to find out and still be somewhat happy with just not knowing.

Comment by whorehound

Besides that…Divorce is like changing your shoes, it’s no big deal anymore. It’s a sad thing but unnoticably true.

Comment by whorehound

I meant noticably true.

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