Xkcd statistics dating pool
I think two of the early posters suggested the best mathematics and the best justification for it (combined).
(And this also supports my thesis that men's "dating pools" are wish lists, and women's "dating pools" are queues.)I don't get why everyone is saying that 14 year olds can't date under this formula. but i'm also not sure how much longer it's going to take me to transition from group (b) to group (c)sigh.
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. I'm going to have to agree that "too-crazy-to-date" variable needs to be taken into account when considering the available pool.
Unfortunately, that's better for something like approximating the compatibility pdf rather than predicting creepiness.
Personally, the creepiness math must include |X-Y| I am so strongly opposed to such a formula.