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# ACADEMICS WORK OUT THE BEST TIME TO PROPOSE

September 19, 2018

Mathematicians have come up with a “fiancée formula” that allows men to work out the perfect time to pop the question.

All he needs is the age he would first consider marrying and his cut-off point – and the equation does the rest. Math professor Anthony Dosley said, “Applying math to matters of the heart is always dangerous.

In life you are dealing with emotions and have to think much harder. But if you want to work out the right moment to start getting serious, this gives you a mathematical framework.” The formula is based on a statistical technique known as optimal stopping – or the best time to do something.

The formula was devised with men in mind but could equally apply to women, including those uncertain about whether to accept a proposal. It could also help nervous men calculate when to avoid the ultimate commitment.

THE FORMULA

1. Choose the oldest age by which you want to get married. Example: 39 (call this “n”)

2. Decide the earliest age at which you’d want to settle down. (Example: 20 (call this “p”)

3. Subtract “p” from “n” (39-20), multiple the result by 0.368. This equals 6.992.

4. Add this to “p” to give an optimal proposal age of 27.