## Monday, February 18, 2013

### Estimating the Number of Eligible Bachelorettes at BYU

A recent episode of This American Life has inspired me to do this post. So the Drake equation is a mathematical equation used to estimate the number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. I will be using a variation of the Drake equation to find out how many eligible bachelorettes are at BYU. Let’s began!

First we will take the entire BYU student body.

Total undergrad full-time student body size= 27,901 peeps

Next we will eliminate all the males (sorry dudes).

27,901 peeps x 48% = 13,392 Female BYU undergrads

Then we will get rid of those immature-not-yet-ripe-for-the-picking freshmen that I don’t ask out.

13,392 Female undergrads – 3,348 Female freshman = 10,044 Non-freshies

Now I also don’t ask out girls taller than me or even close. I was standing next to a girl yesterday that was my exact height (a tad over 6’00) and I didn’t like it haha. I want to be able to grab my woman, throw her over my shoulder, and take off. Granted, I’ve been doing a lot of shoulder workouts, but still, I need to draw the line somewhere. 5’10” is my line. Good news is that only about .7% of women are taller than 5’ 10”, so this step is kinda useless. Yeah….

10,044 Non-freshies – 70 tall lassies = 9974 survivors

Okay next step was the most difficult and probably the most insensitive. How many of these 9974 brave survivors are, in my opinion, attractive? I can’t just look this one up on the internet. My solution was to sit at the entrance of the Harold B. Lee Library, where almost everyone goes at one time or another, and count how many of the girls I found to be attractive or not. Sure that sounds like the creepiest thing you have ever heard, but it was done for Science. FOR SCIENCE! So really it wasn’t creepy at all.

Now this is a little tricky, because sometimes I don’t think a girl is super attractive, but then when I get to know her, she becomes more attractive. Perfectly natural right? What I had to do was decide if she was attractive enough for me to ever consider dating her - the bare minimum of attractiveness to pass the imagination test.  Anyways, after ~70 girls walked by I decided I had enough and discovered that about 25% passed.

That’s not too bad is it? It’s not like I need some blonde bombshell super model that makes up .0001% of the population (I'd take one though). Especially considering that as soon as I start dating a girl, I am expected to all of a sudden become so selective that only 1 girl out of 3,209,000,000 are attractive.

9974 survivors x 25% = 2494 cute enough (to me) girls

I have to determine how many of the remaining lovely ladies are married (cuz I’m no home-wrecker duh). At I have heard that about 1/3 of BYU students are married. But because I am already excluding freshmen, that number should be higher. Plus these are generally more attractive than average girls, so I would expect that would also push the number up. So we will go with 1/2.

2494 cute girls x 50% = 1247 no-ring-on-it cute girls

Now let’s estimate how many of these girls are truly single. No fiancés, no boyfriends, no soon-to-be boyfriends, and the like. I feel like if you are a cute girl at BYU you would be truly single only about half the time. This is just judging from my personal experience. Some girls have a bf 90% of their life and some have a bf only 10% of the time.

1247 no-ring-on-it cute girls x 50% = 624 truly single cute girls

How many girls are truly available though? My stake president told us that almost a 1/3 of the girls in our stake have put in their mission papers. Plus there are the girls that are unavailable because they are coming off a bad break up, aren’t interested in dating right now, or maybe like girls (they exist!). Chop off another third.
624 true singles x 2/3 = 416 availables

Before I ask out a girl I usually have a conversation with her or get to know her through some mutual social event. After talking to a cute girl that I know is single and available, I feel like half the time I come away thinking that I should ask her out. The other times I can tell I’ll never ask her out because she is too hyper, to uptight, too ditzy, or just straight up has the crazies (they exist!).

416 availables x 50% = 208 girls I would ask out on a date.

I’ll stop there. 208. Seems kinda puny. You like to think that there are thousands of fish in the sea, but it turns out there are only 208. This is before even going on a date with them and finding something else that might eliminate them! Or even considering how many of those 208 would like me (I’m guessing in the low 200’s, I’m pretty dreamy). 208 is only like 1 or 2 per ward – no wonder I don’t ask out any girls some weekends.

I know this isn't the most exact estimation, but I don't feel like its all that far off either.

Brooklyn McKenna said...

HAHAHA I really enjoyed reading this. Probably more than I should've.

Beka said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog :) I quiet enjoy your blog as well. PS I'm an Exercise Science major which you did not address in your "Majors" post. . . unless that falls under bio/public health/neuro

Anonymous said...

While dating who is the other girl you're allowed to find attractive? If its your mom.. I see what you did there.

Anonymous said...

Greetings and Salutations

Good hunting and God Speed. . .

Tatty bye now, Grandmama Loma

Garrett said...

There are a few Freshman girls that are attractive and mature. They are usually 5-10 years younger than their older siblings so they had to be more mature. I'd give yourself another 12 girls or so on your equation. ha

Anonymous said...

"I am expected to all of a sudden become so selective that only 1 girl out of 3,209,000,000 are attractive."

Not so. We are just expected to mind our manners anyway.