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6 degrees of Wikipedia (again)

  1. Dec 19, 2009 #1
    I know this was posted before a long time ago, but it wasn't working for a while, and now it's back. Have some fun :biggrin:

    example:
    Shortest path from invariant subspace problem to paris hilton
    Invariant subspace problem
    Functional analysis
    2004
    February 17
    Paris Hilton
    4 clicks needed

    http://www.netsoc.tcd.ie/~mu/wiki/
     
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  3. Dec 19, 2009 #2

    russ_watters

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    Kevin Bacon
    Liza Weil (Stir of Echoes - the babysitter)
    Me (I went to high school with her)
    You!
     
  4. Dec 19, 2009 #3
    Posted from the banner ad.

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  5. Dec 19, 2009 #4
    I almost thought it wasn't working but apparently you must capitalize proper nouns.

    Squid
    Greece
    1967
    Nicole Kidman
    3 clicks needed
     
  6. Dec 19, 2009 #5
    Okay, I'm not sure how this works. Do we pick a start point and an end point and then click links on Wikipedia pages until we get from one to the next?
     
  7. Dec 19, 2009 #6
    I picked sandpaper and God and got there in 4 clicks. Doesn't seem very hard when there's plenty of links to click on.
     
  8. Dec 19, 2009 #7
    Wow anything is possible:


    Polynomial remainder theorem
    Algebra
    Omar Khayyám
    Debra Paget
    Birds of Paradise
    Western Parotia
    5 clicks needed
     
  9. Dec 19, 2009 #8

    mgb_phys

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    Yes, but using the year or date pages is cheating
     
  10. Dec 19, 2009 #9
    Try using two usernames. For instance Sorry! and Leroy Jenkens.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorry!_(game [Broken])
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Jenkins_(jazz_musician [Broken])


    Sorry!
    England
    Music of England
    Bagpipe
    Musical instrument
    List of musical instruments
    Viola
    List of violists
    Leroy Jenkens
     
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  11. Dec 19, 2009 #10

    Borek

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    Seems like to get from house to car one has to go through Brazil:

    What a detour.
     
  12. Dec 19, 2009 #11
    tila tequila (the hot asian chick from shot at love)
    april 6
    1969
    pauley perrette (the hot goth chick from ncis)
    3 clicks needed
     
  13. Dec 19, 2009 #12
    There is a game like Mgb describes but if you follow the link in the OP it takes you to a page with an engine that will find the shortest route for you.

    http://www.netsoc.tcd.ie/~mu/wiki/
     
  14. Dec 19, 2009 #13
    http://www.netsoc.tcd.ie/~mu/cgi-bin/shortpath.cgi?from=Barrack+Obama&to=Awesome [Broken]
     
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  15. Dec 19, 2009 #14
    LOL That is pretty funny.
     
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  16. Dec 19, 2009 #15
    Oddly there is a reverse path.
     
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  17. Dec 19, 2009 #16
    The other pages don't have to link to eachother. So if A links to B that doesn't mean B has to link to A.
     
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