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Subject: Erdos Number of a Group
From: Elijah Meeks <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Elijah Meeks <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:51:11 -0700

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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone knew of a script or tool which would give me the network distance of nodes to a particular class of nodes.  I think of this as an Erdos number, except instead of getting the distance to one node, I want the distance to the closest node of a particular class.  Let's say I have a network of people and I know their professions.  Some are Students, some are Journalists and a small number are Engineers.  I'd like to be able to find out the network distance of each node to the closest Engineer node.  It would be particularly useful if the script also had the option to total edge weight into the calculation.

Thanks for any leads,

Elijah Meeks
Digital Humanities Specialist
Academic Computing Services
Stanford University
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