Game theory on dating

Non-psychotic pretty people don’t seek peer validation from exclusive dating sites.

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Then we discuss some implications of the mixed equilibrium in games; in particular, we look how the equilibrium changes in the tax-compliance/auditor game as we increase the penalty for cheating on your taxes.

Using a combination of basic economic principles, demographics, game theory, and number crunching, Jon Birger explains America’s curiously lopsided dating and marriage market among single, college-educated, looking-for-a-partner women.

Meanwhile, for us above-average-to-ugly people, the Internet is a viable and respectable place to find love or something like it. Unlike those out-of-touch few who doubt the Internet’s ability to help you find a real world mate, I totally buy the empirical proof. The Internet provided me with at least two decent relationships and countless ego-boosting flirtations.

(Seeking peer validation is perfectly acceptable for us 7s and under.) The Internet helped me hook up with an OK guy who we’ll call Boy Millionaire.

Birger investigates not only the consequences of this unequal ratio of college-educated men to women on dating but also a host of other social issues.

We hope that you will join us for a lively evening discussion of economics, game theory, and dating.For Art Boy, I deviated from my usual e-flirting strategy and contacted him first.There was no way of knowing if he was “hot enough” or what, because instead of a photo, Art Boy posted an illustration of himself as a cartoon. Three or four years later, we’re still together, which counts as successful, too, I guess.Same goes for anyone claiming “Confederacy of Dunces” as their favorite book. Whether you’re creating your online profile, or scanning through those of others, online dating is a tricky business at best.We apply the notion of Nash Equilibrium, first, to some more coordination games; in particular, the Battle of the Sexes.Charming and hilarious, Boy Millionaire looked great on paper (I saw his tax return).

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