Xkcd bell curve dating

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What if instead we assumed a more "normal" rule for dating bounds, say - 5 years.

But as you get older, the dateable age range gets wider. The first chart is labeled Singles, and is a decreasing graph.

So here we have it: if you're not dating at the edge of the bell curve in terms of age (unlike the guy in the webcomic's last panel), your dating pool does go down with age, even though there is a slight rebound between the ages of 40 and 50.

I hope you have enjoyed this little analysis as much as I have writing it.

As you can see, the comic mentions some analysis involving census bureau data and dating pools.

Our goal in this post is to replicate the analysis that leads to these curves.

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