DailyDirt: Celebrating Valentine's Day... Or Not

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Some folks say romance is dead, but maybe it's just in a deep meditative trance. In any case, it's almost that time of year again when chocolates and flowers and possibly awkward marriage proposals are being considered. For the romantic souls, this is an annual tradition that shouldn't be missed. For the more cynical, it's just another commercial holiday to boost sales of various pink-heart themed items. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: love, martin gardner, math, optimization, psychology, retail holiday, romance, secretary problem, singles day, valentine's day


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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Feb 2015 @ 5:04pm

    For the more cynical, it's just another commercial holiday to boost sales of various pink-heart themed
    Or booze, or contraceptives, or jewelry...

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    John Fenderson (profile), 11 Feb 2015 @ 9:13am

    The only two holidays I love

    are New Year's and Valentine's Day. Probably because they're both partying holidays (although for different sorts of partying. Mostly.)

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    DB (profile), 11 Feb 2015 @ 1:55pm

    The Marriage Problem is merely an interesting way to describe a mathematical optimization problem. Many of the comments miss this, instead focusing on the irregular details of the human element.

    Describing it as a Secretary Problem, reduces the emotional appeal of arguing details, but doesn't eliminate all of the distractions.

    On distractions...

    I prefer to celebrate Half Price Chocolate Day.

    Another fun activity is identifying Mistress Day. It's usually the day before Valentines Day, but varies. When Valentines Day falls on Sunday, Mistress Day is Friday.

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