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The numbers man: finding a spouse can take up to 16 months

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People looking for love should meet as many people as possible, according to Pat Muir, author of "The Numbers Man," a comedic novel about a retired geophysicist seeking a partner by means of Internet dating services.

That’s because it could take close to 16 months to find a mate, assuming you’re meeting at least 30 different reasonable prospects. Because of the multitude of dates, Muir advises that you assign each “date” a number to help better remember names, jobs and other intimate information shared on the date.

To learn more about the book, how to purchase it or to contact the author, go to

In the end, dating is really just a numbers business.

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