The small world problem.

14 Aug

The other night I was watching my favourate TV program: Numb3rs, and Charlie Eppes was talking about the small world problem, which states:

‘The algorithmic small-world hypothesis” states that not
only are pairs of individuals in a large social network connected
by short paths, but that ordinary individuals can
 find these paths.’


You may know of this as ‘The Six Levels of Separation’, i.e. you can link any two people with just, six steps or less.

I thought I would try this out with Me and President Obama, so here goes:

Step 1 – I used to work with a man called Mansell Thomas.

Step 2 – His wife was once introduced to the Queen.

Step 3 – On the 11/5/2010 the Queen met with David Cameron 

Step 4 – On 13/3/2012 David Cameron met with President Obama

Wow, it works, just 4 steps between Me and Obama 😉

Give it a try, I would love to see the results.


Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “The small world problem.

  1. Pontillius

    August 17, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Nothing to it. My ex-wife (spit!) is a Catholic. She confessed her sins to our local priest (that must have taken nearly all day), who had been invited to the vatican for a conference, he in turn met a Bishop, whos name escapes me at the moment, and HE was the Popes secretary. 4 steps between me and the Pope.

    I have met the Duke of Edinburgh when I was in the Coldstream Guards, and he actually spoke to me. He said “Get out the f**king way!”

    • purplewelshy

      August 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

      See, it works! Though I don’t think the Daily Mail would publish it Keith 🙂

    • purplewelshy

      August 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Also, the Duke of Edinburgh tried to mow me down in his silly pony and trap at the Louther Show a few years back, so you are in good company.


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