engine - 8:48 am on Sep 14, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:11 am (utc) on Sep 15, 2012]
Google has demonstrated its knowledge graph with 'Bacon Number'
To use Google's system, the user simply types in the words "Bacon number" followed by the name of the actor. By way of example, typing "Bacon number Simon Pegg" reveals that Bacon and the British actor are linked by Tom Cruise, because the latter appeared in 1992's A Few Good Men with Bacon and in 2006's Mission: Impossible III with Pegg. Pegg therefore has a Bacon number of two, indicating two degrees of separation.
Lead engineer Yossi Matias said the project was about showcasing the power of Google's search engine by flagging up the deep-rooted connections between people in the film industry. "If you think about search in the traditional sense, for years it has been to try and match, find pages and sources where you would find the text," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "It's interesting that this small-world phenomena when applied to the world of actors actually shows that in most cases, most actors aren't that far apart from each other. And most of them have a relatively small Bacon number."Google builds Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon into its search system [guardian.co.uk]
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[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:11 am (utc) on Sep 15, 2012]