Here are some ground rules (basically the same rules as on MTV’s show Next): Now, I know some of these rules are not realistic, but I think the game captures many of the dynamics of the dating world. Ultimately, you have to weigh two opposing factors.—, you leave yourself with only a few candidates to pick from. The game boils down to selecting an optimal stopping time between playing the field and holding out too long. Reject a certain number of people, no matter how good they are, and then pick the next person better than all the previous ones.The idea is to lock yourself in to search and then grab a good catch when it comes along.Yes, it’s not perfect–but I’d say that’s pretty good for a really difficult problem.Modeling the True Love Game Dating and relationships are complicated social interactions so they need to be simplified before coming up with any meaningful analysis.You would be in luck, because the math says you’re first in line to be their true love 😉 I am the author of The Joy of Game Theory: An Introduction to Strategic Thinking.I have also written several books about mathematical puzzles, paradoxes, and related topics available on Amazon.
Because if you think your true love is someone that won’t date you, well, I’m not sure any advice can help you.You cannot date simultaneously, but you can often get to know many people at the same time.You might be able to figure out a true love without having to date many more people. And if you are getting more serious, seek out reasonable people who only want to have one or two relationships in their lifetime.This means by pure luck you have a 1/3 chance of finding true love if you always pick the first person. How often does this strategy find the best overall person? For the specifics, there are 6 possible dating orders, and the strategy wins in three cases.(The notation 3 1 2 means you dated the worst person first, then the best, and then the second best. The Best Strategy for the General Case From the example, you can infer the best strategy is to reject some number of people ( people.You also have a 1/3 chance if you always pick the last person, or always pick the second. I marked the person that the strategy would pick in bold and indicated a win if the strategy picked the best candidate overall.)You increase your odds by learning information from the first person. When you go through the math, the odds do not change as you date more people.