Michael’s Erdős-Bacon Number

Michael’s Erdős-Bacon number is 6.

From Wikipedia:

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 is also tied with Michael.  Almost as good as Goldberg, Sagan and Michael are Noam Chomsky (Erdős-Bacon  of 7) and Natalie Portman (Erdős-Bacon of 7).