Choosing a life partner

An age old problem. How to choose a good marriage partner. One method involves mathematics.

Suppose you decide to marry, and to select your life partner you will interview at most 100 candidate spouses. The interviews are arranged in random order, and you have no information about candidates you haven’t yet spoken to. After each interview you must either marry that person or forever lose the chance to do so. If you have not married after interviewing candidate 99, you must marry candidate 100. Your objective, of course, is to marry the absolute best candidate of the lot. But how?

The answer is a bit of mathematics, and the correct interview questions.

Read the answer at this page on the American Scientist site.

One Comment

  1. Stephanie says:

    Started to read the article and it made my head hurt 🙂

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