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To keep it simple: The term here is assortative mating which describes the tendency of individuals to select reproductive partners based on some arbitrary measure of "likeness" considering the available within-species variation. The "likeness" could be anything from a general evaluation to being based on one specific trait. This is a evolutionary ...


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The answer in extreme brief is yes. Only about 9% of whites and 16% of blacks engage in interracial marriage in the U.S. But really this deserves a fuller discussion. The predominant pattern of mate selection in human beings is to marry within their ethnic group. I say 'ethnic group' rather than 'race' because 'race' has no strong scientific ...


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I have some insight into this from an engineering perspective. Years ago, I worked on some computational and search algorithms which used a growth factor to determine how far to widen a search space, or how much more memory to allocate. For some of these algorithms, I ran a series of random trials to search for an optimal growth factor and found that for ...



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