This looks interesting. Intuitively, I understand the mathematics of “whoever is doing the asking is better off,” but I’d like to see the full explanation.
Also check out the video above. That 37% thing seems pretty accurate, at least from an intuitive level. I’m assuming it also applies to situations such as finding a job, a career, a place to live, etc. I just ordered Hannah Fry’s book from the library. If anyone wants to do a podcast on this, it could be interesting.
Speaking of someone not doing the asking, this just came up on my Yahoo page: Find This Man a Girlfriend and He’ll Pay You $10k. Without even clicking on it, I already knew that the guy was Chinese (not just Asian, but Chinese specifically). How is that for predictive stereotyping?
I’d like to see how this turns out. My gut feeling is that it will actually end up wasting the guy’s time: instead of lots of bad dates, he’ll get lots of bad dates after sifting through lots of bad profiles. If it’s a matter of pure efficiency, I think he’d probably be better off using eHarmony or Match.com or some other site with an algorithm, rather than just soliciting inquiries from the crowd. But what do I know? I’m not a matchmaker.