Erdős Number

The Erdős number is the number of "hops" needed to connect the author of a paper with the prolific late mathematician Paul Erdős. An author's Erdős number is 1 if he has co-authored a paper with Erdős, 2 if he has co-authored a paper with someone who has co-authored a paper with Erdős, etc. (Hoffman 1998, p. 13).

Erdős wrote papers with a total of 509 coauthors, meaning 509 people have Erdős number 1.

See also

Erdős-Borwein Constant, Small World Network

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