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My Erdős # is 4:
me-Meir Yaish-John Goldthope- Sir David Roxbee Cox - Paul Erdős
Yet I have more an interesting Israeli path distance:
The Israeli PM, Ehud Olmert, who is accused of at least four counts of
corruption - is the uncle of my ex wife's cousin's spouse.
The Former Israeli President, Moshe Katzav, who is accused of several
counts of rape and sexual harassment, is married to my father's second
Actually, I have a high betweenness centrality between their respective
I feel like a member of the ruling family in a second world country. ;-)
Already in 1984, Gabi Weimann demonstrated, using a small world
experiment, that the average path distance in Israel is shorter than
the American, due to Israel's higher density and transitivity.
And James, if you did not kiss Timothy Carr your Palin number does not
ציטוט James Fowler:
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> As many of you know, starting in the 1960s, mathematicians had fun at
> parties (no, really) by trying to figure out their Erdős number. This
> referred to their minimum collaboration distance between themselves
> and the extremely prolific mathematician Paul Erdős -- Erdős has
> number 0, people who coauthored a paper with him have number 1, their
> coauthors have number 2, and so on.
> My own Erdős number is at most 4 via at least two network paths:
> me - Michael Laver - Norman Schofield - Craig Tovey - Paul Erdős
> me - Bernard Grofman - Norman Schofield - Craig Tovey - Paul Erdős
> Well, today I learned from my neighbors that Timothy Carr, the man
> from whom I bought my current house, was leaning towards voting for
> Obama until McCain announced his vice-presidential nominee (stay with
> me here). But in what must have been a stunned voice, he said "I
> can't vote for Obama now -- I kissed Sara Palin when I was in high
> school!" (Needless to say, Carr is from Alaska)
> So, astonishingly, this seems to give me a "Palin number" of at most 2
> (though unless I am really drunk, I'm pretty sure it's not 0 or 1):
> me - Timothy Carr - Sara Palin
> I bought my house from a man who kissed Sara Palin.
> Maybe even more remarkably, if we stretch the rules on what
> constitutes a "collaboration", it gives Palin an Erdős number of at
> most 6. Compare that with Natalie Portman whose Erdős number is at
> most 5 from her Harvard psych undergrad days.
> All sorts of interesting questions arise.
> *In high school was Palin as prolific in "collaborating" as Erdős was
> at publishing?
> *Could this be a factor behind "the Palin bump?"
> *Are there any shorter paths between Paul Erdős and Sara Palin?
> *And what is *your* Palin number?
> James H. Fowler
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