Formula for disaster

British mathematician devises a formula that predicts whether married couples will divorce

Oxford University’s James Murray has studied 700 couples and from their answers in interviews, he’s created a mathematical formula that predicts whether they are headed for a split. Speaking at the respected Royal Society last week in London he claimed his formula, which awards marks to couples’ responses to contentious marital topics, correctly predicts marital outcomes 94 per cent of the time. “Some couples might as well get divorced right away,” the mathematician said.

Agence France-Press

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