Mathematician uses SETI formula to determine his chances of getting laid

Friday, February 5, 2010

He finds that he has a 0,00034% chance.
An economics graduate student in the UK has used the well-known Drake Equation - used to figure out how many advanced civilizations might reside in our galaxy - to determine why he hasn't had a girlfriend in three years.

The Drake Equation was created by astronomer Frank Drake at the first SETI conference in the 1960s, and was used to determine how many civilizations in our galaxy might be capable of communicating with ours.

To investigate his girlfriend problem, researcher Peter Backus wrote a brief paper in which he modified the parameters of the Drake Equation to discover the number of women in the UK who could be his girlfriend.
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