0314: "Dating Pools"

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0314: "Dating Pools"

Postby Blipo » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:00 am UTC

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Alt-text: The full analysis is of course much more complicated, but I can't stay to talk about it because I have a date.

It'd be neat to compare the median first pregnancy age to this.

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Postby Euanthes » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:02 am UTC

Or median first divorce age.
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Postby plunkettt » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:04 am UTC

I appreciate the solid guideline given by the Standard Creepiness Rule.
I was just wondering this week what my acceptable dating ranges were as I got older...

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Postby Hawknc » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:05 am UTC

Experimentally derived formulae FTW.

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Postby ksr17 » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:05 am UTC

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Postby Cabhan » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:10 am UTC

First off, most accurate formula ever.

Second off, thanks for completely restoring my faith in the possibility of having a good, geeky relationship.

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Postby Charlemagne » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:13 am UTC

There is another lesser-known and less frequently used addendum to this rule. Don't date anyone who is as old as or younger than your first child. This really doesn't really come into play until around 50 or so. (At age 50 youngest possible dating subject via SCR = 32. Thus, the same age as a child born at age 18 ). Since most people generally are married or whatnot at this age it is usually a non-issue. But nevertheless, dating someone younger than one of your kids = really creepy.

Edit: I hate emoticons that turn my 18 ) into this -> 18)

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Postby dosboot » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:15 am UTC

When your kids ask why you won't allow them to date before they turn 14 you can explain it to them with this formula.

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Postby lone_wolf » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:18 am UTC

Actually even with an increase dating pool the probability of finding the right girl is still quite low.

proof: http://en.nothingisreal.com/wiki/Why_I_ ... Girlfriend

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Re: "Dating Pools" Discussion

Postby OneLess » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:19 am UTC

Alt-text: The full analysis is of course much more complicated, but I can't stay to talk about it because I have a date.

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Postby Xayma » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:21 am UTC

Bah the 30 year olds age limit doesn't follow the rules. It should be 22 - 46. Not 23, 23 is the limit for 32 year olds (rounding to evens). Also the dating pool might to start rise again (for males only) once they get quite old. Or at least their competition will drop significantly. Would be interesting to calculate. Of course those 80 year olds might go for 47 year olds.
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Postby vampyre459 » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:21 am UTC

with a steady boyfriend at a young age, i think i am disqualified.
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Postby nameless » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:26 am UTC

hmm, there's still hope for me....
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Postby Kendally » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:28 am UTC

I have been a party to breaking that rule :/ I can't help it, I like older guys.

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Postby Pathway » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:28 am UTC

This was actually discussed in these fora not too long ago. Awesome.
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Postby nyeguy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:29 am UTC

Is it sad that I have both heard of and used that formula before?
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:35 am UTC

My friend is dating directly on the Creepiness age, which means last year they were a creepy couple, and next year they won't be. He'll be pleased!

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Postby toysbfun » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:36 am UTC

nyeguy wrote:Is it sad that I have both heard of and used that formula before?

I'd say no, but since I'm trying to remember where my graphing calculator is, I'm hardly impartial.

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Postby nyeguy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:39 am UTC

toysbfun wrote:
nyeguy wrote:Is it sad that I have both heard of and used that formula before?

I'd say no, but since I'm trying to remember where my graphing calculator is, I'm hardly impartial.


Oh right, I forgot I was on XKCD. >_>
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:41 am UTC

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Postby Malsies » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:42 am UTC

I have several friends who are evidently dating outside their creepiness limit.
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Postby russianspy1234 » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:48 am UTC

but this means that at 15, you cant date a 13 year old, which really isnt all that creepy. the formula i came up with, it is creepy for someone to be dating someone who is over 125% of their age. so dont date younger than 80% of your age.. that formula doesnt look as cool, but it does seem right. so a 30 year old can date from 24 to 37.5

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:51 am UTC

EDIT: Nevermind, math error.

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Postby SirOmega » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:52 am UTC

What was the formula for the upper bound?

Also, the creepiness rule is interesting.

Still I agree with the sentiment in the first panel - at age 26 all the girls I know are engaged/married, divorced or crazy (not the good kind of crazy either, the probably bipolar and should be on meds crazy).

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Postby tesseract » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:11 am UTC

SirOmega wrote:What was the formula for the upper bound?


It is, with simple alegebra, which took me much too long to do, 2*age-14

Edit:Apparently my math AND grammar skills are off at quarter after midnight.
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Postby Mouffles » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:13 am UTC

What? Not even a mention of pi? I'm disappointed.
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Postby Arancaytar » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:13 am UTC

Is it sad that most of the really nice girls I've met have been near either of the two ends of said range?

Anyway, this formula precludes same-aged children dating before both are 14 (the range becomes negative below that), which may sound a bit weird but isn't particularly creepy. If it can be called dating, that is. I remember that a cute girl in my grade was hitting on me back in elementary school. ;)

Perhaps the function should be extended as:

f(x) = x for x < 14

f(x) = x / 2 + 7 otherwise
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Formula for the upper bound

Postby gringer » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:16 am UTC

Code: Select all

    y = x/2 + 7
<=>2y = x + 14
<=> x = 2y - 13 + e^(i * pi)

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Postby Lyra Ngalia » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:20 am UTC

Always thought that guy was creepy for being 23-24 and dating a college freshmen. Now there is mathematical proof! Yay.
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Postby batkatt » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:20 am UTC

heh, I like this one a lot, especially since I just started dating a 32 year old (I'm 21...) My friends and I like teasing him about the rather large age difference between us. According to this formula, he's a creepy old man. :-P

I've shown him some XKCD comics before, and I think he'll appreciate this one also.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:23 am UTC

batkatt wrote:heh, I like this one a lot, especially since I just started dating a 32 year old (I'm 21...) My friends and I like teasing him about the rather large age difference between us. According to this formula, he's a creepy old man. :-P

Mishy?

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Postby batkatt » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:27 am UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Mishy?


hmm? I think I'm missing the reference here...

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Postby caliman83 » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:28 am UTC

wow, I think this comic gives me hope, which is a bit pathatic.
but love that formula, I am going to use that.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:33 am UTC

batkatt wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Mishy?


hmm? I think I'm missing the reference here...

My friend Mishy = 21 year old dating a 32 year old that we constantly refer to as a Creepy Old Man.

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Postby Kendally » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:34 am UTC

I think this comic gives me hope, which is a bit pathatic.


What is xkcd about, except giving hope that there is a cute geeky relationship waiting for those who want one?

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Postby batkatt » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:36 am UTC

ah :) no, unfortunately, that's not me. It would have been quite funny if it was though... I doubt any of my friends from real life are on the fora here, and it would be cool to find out one was.

I shall have to tell Ben that he's not the only Creepy Old Man out there though, i think he'll enjoy that.

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Postby space_raptor » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:52 am UTC

Good luck XKCD!

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:54 am UTC

space_raptor wrote: Randall is a nice guy.

SHUT UP!!! He'll NEVER have sex if that gets out!!!

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Re: "Dating Pools" Discussion

Postby skeptical scientist » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:01 am UTC

xkcd wrote:Alt-text: The full analysis is of course much more complicated, but I can't stay to talk about it because I have a date.

Do you really, or are you just saying so for the sake of the joke?
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