Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Solo geeky speed dating

I just had to comment on the results of the Sci Fi speed dating event during the New York Comic con this year. Just to give you an idea of what is going on during speed dating, people, who are not familiar with each other, have the chance to talk to each other for a limited amount of time. After the time is over, they rotate partners and at the end of the event they pick out the ones that they really liked with the hope that the reverse is also the case. Of course a Sci Fi speed dating is not just another event as one can see some really strange stuff such as this one:
But no matter the dress code, a scandal occurred during the event as a person who was dressed up as Baine and was really popular with the speed dating ladies turned out to be married! Talk about disappointment! In such cases, the result is not Pareto optimum (the best you can get) because one of the players is not eligible to play the game of speed dating. How would we solve the problem in this case? Pareto optimality is when it is not possible to make someone better off without making someone else worse off. In this case though we could remove Baine from the event and we would immediately have Pareto optimality. Why? Look at the following photo:
Turns out that there was one extra guy who did not have a partner. Although funny, seeing the guy sitting there alone while the rest are doing their thing, he is really the answer to the scandal.

Have a geeky afternoon!

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