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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

He'll post that, no doubt, any day now.

I just talked to Anand. His girl is being confusing, sometimes with kissing, sometimes with "just hanging out" and not-dating. I know you are supposed to do sympathetic murmurs when that happens, but I couldn't help it. I kept trying to problem solve. He liked one solution. From now on, data! Time on the x-axis, affection on the y-axis. Once he figures out the underlying equation, it'll be much easier. An old ex told me I was a Bessel function, but he never told me which one or showed me the graph.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erm, he didn't need to show you which graph --- he was telling you affection was oscillatory (ok) and decayed over time (not so good, no?)...


9:09 AM  
Blogger Rob E. said...

If you haven't been, it seems like this is a site you might enjoy visiting. Lots of graphs and Venn diagrams. Maybe not enough real math for the true geek, but I've been enjoying it.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

decayed over time (not so good, no?)...

Well, we were nineteen and twenty-two, so we didn't think we were getting married.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of graph does it become when you think you're going to get married? Some kind of exponential decay?


11:01 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Maybe oscillating, but still rising over time as your lives become more interwoven, is what I think.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I actually had to graph a relationship, I'd say it looks more like a sinc pulse, with marriage coming at t=0.

You'd probably have to throw in some boundary conditions before and after t=0 to adjust the graph accordingly at the different stages, but, I think sinc(t) most naturally describes it.


11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I'm going to revise that, I'm going to say engagement comes at time t=0, then things go into a rapid free fall from there, what with the stress of planning a wedding and all.


11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post the data if you really get it. I'm very curious to see.

Personally, I'm hoping for something like Bessel function of the second kind for myself.

So far, so good.


1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Justin, almost surely engagement comes when the function is above 0 and, assuming continuity (Can we really assume it?), it's all downhill from there. :-D

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justin et. al. are arguing special cases now, with details that are down in the noise.

Back up though, Bessel's (sinc or otherwise) don't cover enough cases. Strict decay envelope clearly doesn't work for all cases.


11:09 PM  

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