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Kevin Bacon Meets Wikipedia With New Pathfinding Program 50

New submitter BLT2112 writes "Inspired by the Oracle of Bacon, the Oracle of Wikipedia finds the shortest path between two Wikipedia articles, as in Wikipedia Golf. As explained in the site, 'One selects one article as the tee and another article as the hole and then completes the course between them clicking as few links as possible. No typing is allowed. . . . The Oracle also allows you to search for the most challenging potential Wikipedia Golf courses. Can you find a longer course and merit a place in the "records" section?'"
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Kevin Bacon Meets Wikipedia With New Pathfinding Program

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Haw can I post a more useful post than "First Post!" if the site shown is already slashdotted?

  • by bmo (77928) on Wednesday May 16, 2012 @12:58PM (#40019347)

    ... after seeing that Godwinning was too easy, I asked the Oracle of Bacon how many links to Jesus Christ.

    The Oracle cannot find "Jesus Christ."

    Won't someone Save this Oracle?


    • Save Jesus instead. It's not a good idea to save Oracle after the Google clash (http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20120516083919975).

    • by SomePgmr (2021234)

      I did, "the pope". It did Pope Pius XII to Bacon in 3. So to some people, I guess, Jesus would get a Bacon number of 4.

      Pope Pius XII
      was in
      Nostradamus Says So! (1953)
      Queen Elizabeth II
      was in
      Le cerveau (1969)
      Eli Wallach
      was in
      Mystic River (2003)
      Kevin Bacon

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Taking any two random pages on the Internet and making both inaccessible.

    I'll wait till Slashdot goes away.

  • Next (Score:5, Funny)

    by Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) on Wednesday May 16, 2012 @01:04PM (#40019413) Journal

    There have to be islands that never touch each other unless you cheat by going to the main page and hitting "random page".

    How would you get, for example, from "World of Warcraft" to "Lose one's virginity"?

  • I'd love to figure out a way to visualize the paths to the universal attractor that is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy [wikipedia.org].
  • by thegreatemu (1457577) on Wednesday May 16, 2012 @01:33PM (#40019759)
  • Of course, as soon as any two articles get identified as being far apart in this game of golf, someone will edit the articles to mention this fact, thereby reducing their distance to 1. Quite the paradox!

  • Can't get to the Slashdotted page, but this does sound like it could have been an interesting online phone game. Two people each pick a Wikipedia entry. Then both search for the path between them ( with some agreement on origin/destination ). The game itself keeping track of the number of steps.

    Of course a site that automatically traces the path ruins this. It would probably also result in people salting pages with links to more generic ones.

  • Meh, wikigolf involves too much effort. I think it's more interesting that, if you just click the first link in each article, you'll eventually get to philosophy. (Go ahead and try; random page, and click the first (non-namespaced/non-disambiguation/non-external) link.)
    • by Intropy (2009018)

      That failed on the very first page I tried:
      Defenestrations of Prague
      Czech language
      West Slavic languages
      Slavic languages
      Ancient Greek
      Greek language
      Indo-European languages
      Language family
      Language was already seen so we'll loop forever without reaching philosophy.

      On a side note I was about to check the recursion article assuming it would link to itself at the very top when I noticed this comment:
      Making the Recursion article link to itself will not display correctly, and is co

    • Yeah, there are plenty of counterexamples. Many articles end you up in the following closed loop: Ancient Greek, Greek Language, Indo-European Languages, Language Family. From "Language Family" there are sort of two possibilities: 1. You go to "List of language families", if you count the italicized disambiguation type text as the first link, in which case you're then sent back to "Language Family" and start looping. 2. You ignore the italicized text and click Language, which leads to Human, Taxonomy, Ancie
  • This reminds me of a 2008 Slashdot article covering a web application made by a Trinity College Dublin student: Six Degrees of Wikipedia - Slashdot [slashdot.org]
  • I'm the creator of the site. (I apologize that it was down for so long today - I had to do some tweaking to handle the Slashdot effect. Hopefully we're out of the woods now, but we'll see.) Would people be interested in the source code? I'd be willing to clean it up and post most or all of it under a permissive license if there's interest.
  • Wow... This proved to be the time-waster-of-the-week so far here.

    From Astrophysics to Mosquitoes
    From Mongol Empire to Benzine
    From Love to Planck Constant

    Thanks to this (and a couple of beers at lunch), I'm highhandedly responsible to a couple of percentage points of productivity lost this afternoon.
  • From -Rick Santorum- to -sanity : WTF is "Kaqf", and how is that linked to sanity?

    Clearly the Oracle is also a Fudgemaster.

  • Longest one I've found so far is hilum to Angkor Borei and Phnom da. Definitely a great time-waster.

10 to the 6th power Bicycles = 2 megacycles