Six Degrees of Wikipedia

[Update: automated search: see below] My kids have independently come up with something very similar to the old Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game — they choose two arbitrary Wikipedia topics (say, feces and Paris Hilton) and then figure out the shortest link path between the two articles — they can generally manage in four hops or fewer, by using hub articles for countries, musical genres, etc. I’m sure that there’s a more elaborate version of this somewhere on the web, with formal rules.

Update: Tim has left a comment pointing to Six Degrees of Wikipedia, a simple web app that looks for the shortest path between two articles.

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3 Responses to Six Degrees of Wikipedia

  1. Tim says:

    There is a web tool that will find the shortest path between any two Wikipedia pages (limited to about 10 hops): http://kohl.wikimedia.org/~kate/cgi-bin/six_degrees

  2. david says:

    Thanks for the link, Tim.

  3. Simon says:

    Hre’s the elaborate version with rules

    http://www.sixclix.blogspot.com/

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