Start Xkcd comic dating age

Xkcd comic dating age

According to the Standard Creepiness Rule, it’d be perfectly fine for a 30-year-old man to date a 45-year-old woman, but apparently 30-year-old men are already struggling with the idea of dating a 37-year-old!

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One of my first thoughts when I saw this chart was: Do men on Ok Cupid follow the Standard Creepiness Rule?

(And now we see why the last panel of the XKCD comic above applies so well to me…) Sure enough, if we overlay Rudder’s Ok Cupid data over the first chart, we see that men follow the rule almost exactly.

When computed, the interval can be found to be equal to $\fracage - 14$.

Therefore, what I would call "the dating pool paradox" results from two factors that have inverse effects on the dating pool: Figures such as the ones said to exist in the comic can indeed be found on the interwebz:

Downloading the excel file at A1-all.xls, we can continue the analysis and replicate Randall's findings.

I edited the data found in the csv file to compute the age pools of singles by considering that the "single person" category is the union of the categories "Married Spouse Absent", "Widowed", "Divorced", "Separated" and "Never Married".

We proceed in two parts: As explained in the comic, the "standard creepiness rule" implies that you can't date people below a certain age that depends on your own age.