Michael’s Erdős-Bacon number is 6.
A person’s Erdős–Bacon number is the sum of one’s Erdős number—which measures the “collaborative distance” in authoring mathematical papers between that person and Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős—and one’s Bacon number—which represents the number of links, through roles in films, by which the individual is separated from American actor Kevin Bacon. The lower the number, the closer a person is to Erdős and Bacon, which reflects a small world phenomenon in academia and entertainment.
Michael’s Erdős Number
Michael’s Erdős number currently stands at 4, via the following route:
Michael published with David Roberts, in
Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera, Justus Robertson, Stephen G. Ware, Brent Harrison, David L. Roberts, R Michael Young, Foreseeing Meaningful Choices, Proceedings of the 10th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment, pp. 9–15, 2014.
David Roberts published with Frank S. Roberts, in:
David Roberts and Fred S. Roberts, Locating sensors in paths and cycles: The case of 2-identifying codes, European Journal of Combinatorics, vol. 29, no. 1, pages 72 – 82, 2008, ISSN 0195-6698, DOI 10.1016/j.ejc.2006.12.006
Frank S. Roberts published with Frank Harary, in:
Harry, Frank, Suh-ryung Kim, and Fred S. Roberts. External competition numbers as a generalization of Turan’s theorem. Computing Research Laboratory, New Mexico State University, 1989.
Frank Harary published with Paul Erdős, in:
Erdős, Paul, Frank Harary and William T. Tutte. On the dimensions of a graph. Mathematica 12.02 (1965): 118-122.
Michael’s Bacon Number
MIchael’s Bacon number currently stands at 2, via the following route:
Michael appeared in the television show Nova, season 40, episode 2, titled Forensics on Trial.
along with Bray Paul (as the Narrator), who appeared (as Third Ad Executive) along with Kevin Bacon in
Picture Perfect (1997)
Other Notable Erdős-Bacon numbers
Carl Sagan is tied with Michael, with an Erdős-Bacon number of 6. Ken Goldberg, Stephen Hawking and Colin Firth are also tied with Michael. Coming in behind these guys are Noam Chomsky (Erdős-Bacon of 7) and Natalie Portman (Erdős-Bacon of 7).