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Beating the odds

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Beating the odds

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A Warwick economist who calculated he had just a one in 285,000 chance of meeting Mrs Right got married last weekend. Peter Backus wrote a paper on 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake equation to love in the UK' while he was at the University of Warwick in 2010, working out that he had just a one in 285,000 chance of finding love.