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An economist breaks up with his girlfriend

A guy named Josh Freedman does the math, applies some cost-benefit analysis, quantitative reasoning, and utility theory, and decides to break up with his girlfriend Susan. In this letter titled “It’s Not You, It’s Quantitative Cost-Benefit Analysis,” he explains:

“Susan, we need to talk. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. About us. I really like you, but ever since we met in that econ class in college I knew there was something missing from how I felt: quantitative reasoning. We can say we love each other all we want, but I just can’t trust it without the data. And after performing an in-depth cost-benefit analysis of our relationship, I just don’t think this is working out.”

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