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The dating math problem

The secretary problem was tossed back and forth between mathematicians in the U. during the 1950s, and we don’t know who was first to solve it (though people suspect it was the American mathematician Merrill Flood).

While this does answer the main question, a few sub questions arose.

There is now a queue of potential candidates outside your office, spanning a wide range of genders and ethnicities, all ready to be interviewed for the job.

Each of the 10 candidates will come into your office individually for you to assess their qualifications for the role.

Note that the purpose of this task is algebraic in nature -- closely related tasks exist which approach similar problems from numerical or graphical stances.