STALE is to STEAL as 89475 is to...



Mar 17, 2009 5:11pm

I'm absolutely rubbish at math. That being said, this is one of my mandatory questions. Why? Because it's so freaking easy! I mean, if I can understand it...:/

Apr 11, 2009 9:36am

I can see either answer 3 or 4 as being correct. 4 as it is the numerical value, yes; however, 3 can aso be correct if all you are doing is flipping the letters which are represented by the numbers to spell STEAL. Likely wrong, but I see it that way, anyway.

Apr 18, 2009 6:05am

God forbid I ever like someone who can't solve stupid word puzzles.
This question sucks.

Apr 20, 2009 4:55pm

This is very relevant to my interests.....ROFL

Apr 28, 2009 11:23pm

Yeah....Mathematcis isn't one of my best subjects...I'm only good at basic math long confusing equations such as this one are confusing on purpose and are kind of annoying for me

Apr 28, 2009 11:34pm

you know, this question is actually a little important to me. I want to know that a potential mate (or any functioning adult) can figure this out. It's very simple. I imagine it would take longer for some than others, especially if you have dyslexia. I don't care if you need a pen and paper or if it takes you forever, but I need to know that you understand basic analogies. (btw, this question has nothing to do with math.)

Apr 29, 2009 8:26pm

who the fuck does this help you meet a right match who ever put this on here will be single for life

Apr 30, 2009 5:55am

I really don't see the relevance in this question.

Apr 30, 2009 11:26am

Oh my, I wouldn't date someone who couldn't figure this one out. Intelligence is sexy.

Apr 30, 2009 12:16pm

Like a lot of people here have said, this is a basic logic question. It has nothing to do with math. Numbers were chosen because letters and numbers are the two sets of symbols that can be typed on a standard computer keyboard that everyone understands. They could have chosen other symbols instead of numbers like "!@#$%^&*()_+", but it would just have been more confusing to even more people. If you can not answer this question correctly, you can not think in a logical way, hence a lot of your other beliefs will be based on the illogical, and for a logical person, such a person as you would not be compatible. Which is OK. There are plenty of illogical people in the world for you to date. For the logical person, there are other logical people in the world to date. It is an important question, but no one really needs to get worked up about it. Also there are a few people on okcupid who are here for life long relationships, who are not here just to hook up with someone. Such people care more about your mind and how you think, than the fact that you are hot.

May 1, 2009 9:35am

got it

May 1, 2009 9:38am

Eh this only took 2 seconds to figure out. It isn't even really math. Just go with A = 4.. easy.. the only answer is 89547

May 1, 2009 10:18am

its about patterns & sequences. no math, heck you don't even have to be literate. i like the question because its an easy way to measure a potential match's intelligence.

May 1, 2009 3:49pm

For what ought to be a straightforward one-answer logic puzzle,it's disconcerting that every answer option has at least nine votes.

May 5, 2009 7:37pm

Seriously, I didn't understand the question. Why would they slip a math question in there?

May 5, 2009 8:33pm

It probably took me 3-5 seconds to figure this out. It astounds me that someone could stare blankly at this question for several minutes and been completely dumbfounded. lol

May 12, 2009 4:05pm

STALE is to STEAL... This is new to me. So this means .... that i am not able in solving "paterns & sequences puzzles" or does it mean that i am not trained in solving puzzles like this....???? Hmmm... and what could that mean?

May 15, 2009 3:05am

My question is, why is this question non-skippable...? :/

May 21, 2009 9:06pm


Jun 6, 2009 3:29pm

Yes, it is indeed a math problem. It's a mapping from {A, E, L, S, T} to {4, 5, 7, 8, 9} as a bijective function (a classical cipher). Solving the analogy is a simple application of set theory. It's math, just not the kind of math that most people are used to.

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