This question is from an article I read online, titled: "Why I Will Never Have a Girlfriend" by Tristan Miller.
The author shows his work, step-by-step throughout most of the article, except during the conclusion, when he makes the following statement:
- "At first glance, a datable population of 18,726 may not seem like such a low number, but consider this: assuming I were to go on a blind date with a new girl about my age every week, I would have to date for 3,493 weeks before I found 1 of the 18,726."
He does not explain how he determined 3,493 is the number required to find 1 of the 18,726. I would really like to know. It seems similar to the Birthday Paradox, but I'm not certain?
Thank you in advance for any help / clue. I would especially appreciate anyone who explained, step-by-step how to figure this out, mathematically.
P.S. Apologies; I am not even certain exactly what type of math problem this even is, or what to call it.