Although my wife is 4 years younger than me, so I've just barely abided by it. Last edited by trophy on Wed Sep 12, 3: Keynsianomics is a ponzi scheme. I am a happy nerd in cyberspace, where no one can see my haircut. As long as both ppl are legal according to local laws ofc. Select all package datingAge; import java.

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## 314: Dating Pools

Someone that's 40 would have a range of The lowest age is 13 with this formula, where they can only date other 13 year olds. What else I'd like to find out is how young you're allowed to be when you get married. Do they call them Old Butlers? I imagine they would. I thought this would be a fun query to run I don't get why everyone is saying that 14 year olds can't date under this formula.

Just look at it in terms of a smaller unit of time say months, or days and add 7 years under that unit, instead of just adding 7. However, if we add seven of whatever unit we're using, instead of 7 years, the result will always be different. This will change with whatever unit we use because months aren't dimensionless but "units" are.

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Obviously the smaller the unit we use, the closer we push the point of invalidity age 14 for "years" to zero. Having said all this, though, I agree with others here that it's pointless continuing this analysis under Aaaaaanyway, that wasn't what I was originally posting about So for example I'm a bit over 24, but I call myself 24 years old. I have a friend who's also 24, and is dating a girl who's nearly I, on the other hand, insist that it remains creepy until the threshold is crossed in February next year What do people think? Is it in the spirit of the law to acknowledge non-creepiness on the birthday of the younger party?

Jews killed Jesus you liar! Methinks you have a slight obsession with Ms. However, if we used: This rule makes more sense, and is how I set it out in my original post. That's a really good point, phlip, and one which I'm annoyed I didn't previously notice. I'll use that in my argument against him. To choose two males, we can start with any of the x males and choose any of the x-1 remaining males.

However, that counts each possible pairing twice. To avoid double counting the possible couples, we therefore need to divide that total by 2. As a worked example, for Firefly, of the 9 principal cast, 5 are men and 4 are women.

### Xkcd Dating Pool

If all were gay, there would be 16 possible hook-ups; if all were straight, there would be There is a typo in his formula for gay casts. Notice the x-n term. This also the small implication that "Queer as Folk" was so dull that Randall produced this equation to occupy his mind during it.

I often find my mind wandering while sat watching soaps with my other half. The first equation can also be understood more simply as the total number of possible pairings, minus the number of straight ones. I think all genders being constant isn't really an assumption of the graph. Obviously the graph only works for a single moment in time in a TV show, since the cast changes over time with the plot of the show such as when people die in the show. The graph already needs to be re-drawn every time someone enters or leaves the cast. For the data we're tracking, a sex change operation is the same as, for example, a man leaving the show and a woman subsequently entering it.

Sure, you could then also say that the cast being constant is an assumption of the graph, but that's not really accurate either.

## "Dating Pools" - Page 5 - xkcd

The graph simply doesn't observe the passage of time. You'd have to add a time axis for that, making the graph three-dimensional. I think a better way to explain the gay pairing equation would be to look at it like this: Then substract x n-x which is the equation for all straight pairings.

Hope I'm editing correctly. At age 14, you can only date people your own age. The same also works with infinity, but even Methuselah died once. While the application of this rule actually reduces the number of potential matches further, Cueball presents it in a positive way. By showing that there are whole swathes of people who she couldn't marry in the first place without being in a creepy relationship, and that as her age increases, the range of non-creepy partners increases, combined with Census Bureau data, Cueball shows that her eligible dating pool is in fact still increasing.

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Megan notes that graph-making nerds like Cueball may have a hard time finding dates, but this is refuted by the title text. Don't ask me how I found it: P some digits are replaced with X for privacy reasons -- DiEvAl talk Don't ask you how you found it? I'm a little concerned about that credo By this standard, 14 is the minimum dating age.