If you don't use our strategy, your chance of selecting the best is still 50 percent.
But as the number of suitors gets larger, you start to see how following the rule above really helps your chances.
Here, it doesn't matter whether you use our strategy and review one candidate before picking the other.
If you do, you have a 50 percent chance of selecting the best.
So obviously there are ways this method can go wrong.
But it still produces better results than any other formula you could follow, whether you’re considering 10 suitors or 100. It should be pretty obvious that you want to start seriously looking to choose a candidate somewhere in the middle of the group.
But one is that you never really know how the object of your current affections would compare to all the other people you might meet in the future.There’s the risk, for example, that the first person you date really is your perfect partner, as in the illustration below.If you follow the rule, you’ll reject that person anyway.You'd also have to decide who qualifies as a potential suitor, and who is just a fling.The answers to these questions aren't clear, so you just have to estimate.Here, let's assume you would have 11 serious suitors in the course of your life.