londrum - 12:47 pm on Sep 16, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: londrum at 1:01 pm (utc) on Sep 16, 2012]
why is everyone getting so excited about this, i dont understand it.
here is an example about why this is not exciting at all...
i tried "bacon number grace kelly"
and google gave me --
Grace Kelly's Bacon number is 2
Grace Kelly and Donald Sinden appeared in Mogambo
Donald Sinden and Kevin Bacon appeared in Balto
i then tried the exact same thing on the "oracle of bacon" (the website that has been up and running for more than a decade), and it gave me this --
Grace Kelly has a Bacon number of 2
Grace Kelly was in Mogambo
with Donald Sinden, [who] was in Balto with Kevin Bacon
what is new here? it is exactly the same. all that google has done is to find a way to repeat exactly the same information that was already available on a 10-year old website.
okay, so sometimes the film names are different. for example, i tried it with marilyn monroe, and whilst they both gave an answer of two, the film names were different. but that is simply because there are countless ways to link the two actors. (the oracle of bacon has worked out that there are 97450 different ways to link marilyn monroe and keven bacon in two moves.) so google has just given one of the other alternatives.
what strikes me as wierd... is that google came up with the exact same answer for grace kelly. and yet there are more than 71 thousand different ways to link those two people in two moves. how did google come up with the same one? that practically proves that they are using the same method to get there.
if i took a guess, i would say that google's cast-list database is bigger, that's all. the oracle of bacon seems to be getting their info by cross-referencing the actors in the IMDB database, whilst google is using that, plus a load more cast-lists that it got from crawling the web.
that would explain why they came up with the same answer for grace kelly.
google has got a bigger database of cast-lists. that is all that is happening here.
[edited by: londrum at 1:01 pm (utc) on Sep 16, 2012]