Monday, March 29, 2010

Six Degrees of Separation

Most people know about this "six degrees of separation" thesis which states that everyone on earth is connected to anyone else by a maximum of six degrees of separation. Microsoft Research has put up a very nice web site with which one can test this: the People EntityCube. One can put in any two names, and from scanning / searching the web, the system is able to show connections between people.

I did this for myself - turns out I am only 3 degrees apart from Osama Bin Laden.

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