The Marriage Problem: How to Choose?

The problem of how to successfully choose the partner most likely to lead to a long and happy marriage is a task which has occupied the minds of young and older people alike, men and women, among all races and cultures, throughout the ages. Even though modern social conditions in our society have created a lot of flexibility in the entering and leaving of family partnership arrangements, many of the more traditional attitudes towards marriage still remain as valid as ever. So, there could well be something worth thinking about in studying the solution to the so-called marriage problem, a very old problem in Probability Theory.