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We proceed in two parts: As explained in the comic, the "standard creepiness rule" implies that you can't date people below a certain age that depends on your own age.
Assuming this applies to everyone in the population or society you live in, this means that there also is an upper age bound over which people can't date you because you're too young for them.
As a student, Munroe often drew charts, maps, and "stick figure battles" in the margins of his school notebooks, besides solving mathematical problems unrelated to his classes.
By the time he graduated from university, Munroe's "piles of notebooks" became too large and he started scanning the images.
As the graph on the right shows, there is a lower limit and an upper limit.
Therefore, what I would call "the dating pool paradox" results from two factors that have inverse effects on the dating pool: Figures such as the ones said to exist in the comic can indeed be found on the interwebz:
The odds of running into your soul mate are incredibly small.
The number of strangers we make eye contact with each day is hard to estimate.
Downloading the excel file at A1-all.xls, we can continue the analysis and replicate Randall's findings.
I edited the data found in the csv file to compute the age pools of singles by considering that the "single person" category is the union of the categories "Married Spouse Absent", "Widowed", "Divorced", "Separated" and "Never Married".
Megan is upset because she is apparently older than 26, and among people who marry, half do so below 26.