***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** I wonder what Timothy Carr looks like if you put lipstick on him..... James H. Fowler http://jhfowler.ucsd.edu On Sep 15, 2008, at 12:29 AM, Ilan Talmud wrote: > 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 cousin. > > Actually, I have a high betweenness centrality between their > respective local clusters. > > 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 count.... > > ציטוט James Fowler: >> ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** >> >> 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 >> http://jhfowler.ucsd.edu >> >> >> >> >> _____________________________________________________________________ >> SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social >> network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send >> an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line >> UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message. >> >> >> > > -- > Ilan Talmud, Ph.D. > Senior Lecturer > Department of Sociology and Anthropology, > University of Haifa > Phones: 972-4-8240992 (office direct) > 972-4-8240995 / 8249505 (secretaries) > (cell) 972-522-220914 Fax: 972-4-8240819 > > http://soc.haifa.ac.il/~talmud/ > http://soc.haifa.ac.il/community > Call me free: http://www.jajah.com/Ilantalmud > > _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.