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The Bacon-Erdős Intersection

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Was listening to an NPR Program on Mathematics - which included a great piece on Benford's law (digit distribution in fraud detection) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benford%27s_law  and also Erdos and the Erdos number.  

Got me thinking about Bacon.  

I often think about Bacon, because it is delicious, but in this case, was thinking about the similarities to the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.  

Background on Erdos and Bacon:

The Erdős number describes the "collaborative distance" between mathematician Paul Erdős and another person, as measured by authorship of mathematical papersThe same principle has been applied in other fields where a particular individual has collaborated with a large and broad number of peers.



Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a parlour game based on the "six degrees of separation" concept, which posits that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart. That idea eventually morphed into this parlour game wherein movie buffs challenge each other to find the shortest path between an arbitrary actor and prolific Hollywood character actor Kevin Bacon. It rests on the assumption that any individual involved in the Hollywood, California, film industry can be linked through his or her film roles to Kevin Bacon within six steps. 


Dinner Party Guests?

Got me wondering, what the intersection would look like of Bacon Distance <=3 and Erdos Number <=3. I think given popularity of both data sets and tools, might be an achievable intersection to determine.

I think, also, that this Venn intersection would be a set of very interesting people to sit next to, at a dinner party..  


Update: Decent Idea - but 6 months too late...


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Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Hi! I like to play with data, analytics and hack around with robots and gadgets in my garage. Lately I've been learning about machine learning.

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