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If my Palin number were 2, I think I'd kill myself.  -David
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David Krackhardt, Professor of Organizations, Executive Editor of JoSS
Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, and
     The Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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website: www.andrew.cmu.edu/~krack
     (Erdos#=2)


James Fowler wrote:
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> Well, I think they both are salient:
> 
> the media has investigated Obama for buying his house from indicted 
> political fundraiser Tony Rezko and they have investigated McCain for 
> buying too many houses (as an academic, I too lose count of how many 
> houses I own sometimes).
> 
> and the media was also quite interested in who Bill Clinton kissed (now 
> *that's* a lot of collaboration) and now who Sarah Palin's daughter 
> kissed (Bill swears it wasn't him).
> 
> so from their point of view, a past connection could mean a current, 
> hidden connection, and thus current influence....
> 
> but, yes, that way of viewing the world asymptotes all of us towards 
> having a Palin number of 2!
> 
> :)
> 
> James H. Fowler
> http://jhfowler.ucsd.edu
> 
> 
> 
> On Sep 15, 2008, at 3:02 AM, Blyden Potts wrote:
> 
>> The most interesting question here IMO is: Which kinds of compound 
>> relations have political salience?
>>
>> I would imagine that buying your house from a person who had a 
>> personal relationship with the candidate would have not have any 
>> appreciable impact on voting behavior or political ideology. Does the 
>> relation "buying a house from" or any compound relation stemming from 
>> that direct relation have any impact on one's politics? Does it make 
>> your politics more similar to Palin's than they otherwise be? Or do 
>> you find yourself more likely to vote for her on account of your 
>> closeness?  OTOH if you were close friends with someone who had been 
>> intimate with her that seems more likely to matter. Also the direction 
>> of that impact, of each relation, could be either positive or negative.
>>
>> Timing would seem to be a factor. Your relation to the house seller is 
>> in the past, and his relation to Palin is in the past, so you only 
>> have a Palin number of 2 if you consider relations in cumulative 
>> time.  Wouldn't your current Palin number matter more?
>>
>> I used to be 2 steps from Jesse Ventura, and when I was there was some 
>> minor active political influence that came across those two links, but 
>> now my Ventura number must be at least 3, and I no longer get that 
>> active political influence. I'm no longer even sure what the path 
>> distance may be. Across all time my Ventura number would still be two, 
>> but clearly the impact has changed.
>>
>> Blyden Potts
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Social Networks Discussion Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
>> On Behalf Of James Fowler
>> Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 1:16 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: me, Paul Erdos, and Sara Palin
>>
>> ...
>>
>> I bought my house from a man who kissed Sara Palin.
>>
>>
>> ...
>>
>> All sorts of interesting questions arise.
>>
>> *In high school was Palin as prolific in "collaborating" as Erdos was
>> at publishing?
>>
>> *Could this be a factor behind "the Palin bump?"
>>
>>
>>
>>
> 
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