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"Jordan " <j333poppenk@removethethrees.princeton.edu> wrote in message <i8p0oc$fbe$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
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> It is simple enough to start by picking the best matches from the group, but of course you are punished for this with bad pairings once you get to the bottom of the pool with ill-fitting leftovers. Optimizing pairings across the entire group for the minimum overall difference in age and education is a difficult problem that I need Matlab to solve.
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  I'm afraid I made that suggestion about delaunay triangulation without thinking the matter though carefully.  There are aspects of your problem that do not have an obvious solution via triangulation.  I'll have to think on your problem some more.  Consider my suggestion withdrawn.

Roger Stafford