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
27,901 peeps x 48% = 13,392 Female BYU undergrads
13,392 Female undergrads – 3,348 Female freshman = 10,044 Non-freshies
10,044 Non-freshies – 70 tall lassies = 9974 survivors
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
2494 cute girls x 50% = 1247 no-ring-on-it cute girls
1247 no-ring-on-it cute girls x 50% = 624 truly single cute girls
624 true singles x 2/3 = 416 availables
416 availables x 50% = 208 girls I would ask out on a date.
I know this isn't the most exact estimation, but I don't feel like its all that far off either.