**Jeff**, we freaked out. His note is like if a TI-84 calculator and the VH-1 show

*Tough Love*collided. There's A LOT of math involved, so all of you Mathletes out there, this one's for you:

Hi Shmitten Kitten!Whoa. Gulp. Wow.

I'm a big fan of the blog. I've been living and dating in Philly for about nine years, so it's nice to hear about things from the other side. I recently read about a guy in London, Peter Backus, who used the Drake equation to figure out how many potential girlfriends there were for him in London. As an engineering grad student, my natural reaction was to replicate this for myself using Philly census numbers. I thought you might find it interesting. Feel free to skip the math and go right to my conclusions at the end. Here comes the science:

Potential girlfriends = (C_p * C_a * C_g * C_s) * (F_e * F_h * F_o * F_p)Plug all that in and round to an integer and it turns out that

C_p = Population of Philadelphia = 1,448,394

C_a = Fraction of age appropriateness (25-34) = 0.148

C_g = Fraction of women = 0.535

C_s = Fraction that are single = 0.92

F_e = Fraction that are college grads = 0.2

F_h = Fraction that I find attractive = 0.07

F_o = Fraction that finds me attractive = 0.07

F_p = Fraction with a personality match = 0.1

C_a : The census reports this range and since I'm 33 it was a convenient number to use

C_g : Use 0.465 if looking for a b/f (sorry ladies). These numbers are for the entire population, likely closer to even for given age range

C_s : I couldn't find marriage numbers for age ranges so we'll go with 8% married/engaged for this age range

F_e : Since I've been in grad school forever, this seems like a reasonable criteria to set for me. The fraction of Philly with a college degree is 0.172 but it's likely higher for the given age range, so I went with 0.2. The number for a high school degree is 0.712

F_h & F_o : The original paper used 1/20 but here I'm using a number closer to 1/15, which is possibly overly optimistic.

F_p : 1/10 seems reasonable here

there are 10 potential girlfriends for me in all of Philadelphia. (Bonus nerd joke: if we use F_h = 0.125,F_o = 0.125 and F_p = 0.128, the answer is 42). Anyway, the point to all of this was to suggest that you should schedule some more speed dating sessions because it's rough out there and some of us need all the help we can get. Seriously, I did the math.

*Exclamation point!*

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Ladies, it's worse for us. Using the same criteria but looking for a fellow, the number is only 7.8. Seven point eight! Seven dudes and maybe a midget. How depressing.

Yes to more speed dating please.

I plan to do more when Spring Fever hits.

It's gonna be AWESOME!

It's hard out there for a grad student. Solidarity, bro.

42. Heh.

Jeff,

Doesn't this assumes independence for all the parameters (which can't be right). You need a propoer bayes net my friend.

When possible, each estimate is preconditioned by the variables that appear to the left. I figured that was too much detail to put in. I already left out the integrals after all.

The answer is always 42 ;)

This kind of just made my day...

I am not a math person, but did I just read this correctly: Jeff's 33 and the age appropriateness max is 34? Really? Two years older is just TOO old? Seems a bit limited.

Otherwise, this was highly entertaining!

The age appropriate range was chosen only by looking at the ranges for which the census provides data and then choosing the one range that included my age. I guess I should have changed "age appropriateness" to "age-range inclusive"

being a word nerd i have no idea what i'm talking about, but i'm pretty sure i'm part of the F_o. math nerds are seXY.

I can say that I think I now understand why I'm dating someone that lives in another state. It's just a matter of odds.

I saw this on reddit.com. as a math major, i think its awesome.

Wow. This is the best thing I've seen all day. Somebody tell this guy he has a date if he's ever passing through DC.

I second more speed dating, I need some blog material. :) (PS excuse the mass responses to your blog about to happen, I'm working and catching up on EVERY ENTRY EVER).

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