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Kevin Bacon Meets Wikipedia With New Pathfinding Program

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the computers-are-ruining-everything dept.

Wikipedia 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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/.'ed (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40019315)

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

Courses for Horses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40019335)

When did Wikipedia get its own golf course?!

I was gonna Godwin the thread, but then... (5, Funny)

bmo (77928) | more than 2 years ago | (#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?

--
BMO

Save Jesus instead (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019427)

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

Re:Save Jesus instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40023227)

Pffft. Jesus saves, Moses invests.

But only Buddha pays dividends!

Zot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40023529)

You owe the Oracle three and a half beeeellion dollars.

Re:I was gonna Godwin the thread, but then... (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019623)

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)
with
Queen Elizabeth II
was in
Le cerveau (1969)
with
Eli Wallach
was in
Mystic River (2003)
with
Kevin Bacon

Maths error! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40023691)

That's not doing it in 3, because two of the people involved were fictional characters in movies - i.e. imaginary.

So actually you beat 3; you did it in 2i + 1 = a Knight's move, of magnitude sqrt(5).

Oracle of Slashdot (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40019361)

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

I'll wait till Slashdot goes away.

Re:Oracle of Slashdot (1)

tomnysetvold (2640961) | more than 2 years ago | (#40028513)

Back up now - I'm the owner, and a bit of mod_wsgi setup optimization got it running again.

Next (5, Funny)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019413)

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"?

Re:Next (5, Funny)

John Napkintosh (140126) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019449)

You'd start by cancelling your account.

Re:Next (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40019497)

LMFAO!

Re:Next (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40019515)

Bonus for losing your virginity while playing World of Warcraft. Extra bonus if it is with somebody of the opposite sex (shouldn't be presumed).

Re:Next (1)

fluffythedestroyer (2586259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40021241)

I wont link it here but with google you will find it. theres a video about that exact same situation. Some dude is playing wow while her girlfriend (friend ??? idk) is screwing another guy behind him. you can clearly see it's wow that he's playing.

Re:Next (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40025219)

Why the extra bonus for hetero sex? That makes no sense.

Re:Next (2)

Lev13than (581686) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019671)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_Warcraft [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outbreak [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexually_transmitted_disease [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_intercourse [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_virgin [wikipedia.org]

Technical virgin redirects to Virginity, so that's four steps, no assistance from the Oracle...

Re:Next (1)

KhabaLox (1906148) | more than 2 years ago | (#40020775)

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) Alter Relationship on Wednesday May 16, @06:04PM
by Lev13than (581686) Alter Relationship on Wednesday May 16, @06:22PM

18 minutes. I'm not sure you should be proud that you found (knew?) the route that fast.

Re:Next (1)

ABoerma (941672) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019835)

Taking only the obvious steps:
World of Warcraft > Role-playing game > Role-playing > Roleplay (disambiguation) > Sexual roleplay > Human sexual behaviour > Human sexuality > Virginity ("Losing one's virginity" redirects to that page.)

Re:Next (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40020335)

World of Warcraft > Corrupted Blood Incident > Pandemic > HIV > Safe Sex (link text is unsafe sex) > Virginity.

Who can improve even more?

(Capcha: balling)

Re:Next (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40020785)

World of Warcraft -> LGBT -> HIV ("HIV-affected")

That shaves off at least one link.

Re:Next (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40021801)

WoW -> South Park -> Virgin Mary -> Virginity

Re:Next (1)

emag (4640) | more than 2 years ago | (#40028231)

Like this [oracleofwikipedia.com] ? Granted, "lose one's virginity" isn't an actual page name, so I had to adapt...

wiki golf? (-1, Flamebait)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019519)

What a stupid idea.

“Philosophy” is the Kevin Bacon of Wik (1)

P1h3r1e3d13 (1158845) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019717)

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] .

obligatory (2)

thegreatemu (1457577) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019759)

Re:obligatory XKCD (2)

Disallowed (928349) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019833)

Re:obligatory XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40021963)

Oblig. alt-text on this one: http://xkcd.com/903/

Re:obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40021925)

http://xkcd.com/903/ [xkcd.com] Read the 'alt ' text.

but wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40019877)

If we place the longest golf paths in the records section, it would no longer be the record holder. One could just click on the records page, then click on the final page.

Self-defeating list! (2)

Overunderrated (1518503) | more than 2 years ago | (#40019961)

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!

Re:Self-defeating list! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40023071)

it seems the only winning move is not to play?

Re:Self-defeating list! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40027469)

Indeed. It seems curious that the path Linux -> Penguin goes via Portugal and Modernism

Online game (1)

MDMurphy (208495) | more than 2 years ago | (#40020051)

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.

Kanji Golf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40020411)

Amazing! I've been doing something similar for over 15 years; I even call it kanji golf. I wrote a program that displays all the Japanese kanji and allows me to click on one. Using this kanji it then shows me a list of all the nimoji (2 character words) that contain my kanji and another target nimoji that does NOT contain my kanji. By clicking a character in the nimoji list, I'm presented with the list of nimoji containing that kanji. This goes on until I find the target. Scores are based on the number of paths, and the program learns the easy ones and is biased for new or difficult targets. At any point along the way the meaning of a kanji character or a nimoji can be displayed. However, these requests cost points.

This little game really helped me learn to read and write Japanese quickly (not to mention my C skills).

Poor Use of Resources (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40020793)

Wikipedia is a generous gift to society from everyone who has donated their time or money, and this seems like a waste of their resources... probably both during the playing of the game, and whatever spidering is needed to set up the courses. I have to look at Jimbo's face often enough as it is.

Re:Poor Use of Resources (2)

wandazulu (265281) | more than 2 years ago | (#40021297)

I don't know what these folks are doing, but I wrote a sort-of-similar-but-not-really system that uses Wikipedia data and all you need is the "pages" and "pagelinks" tables, which you then load into your own mysql database; no touching of the actual site is necessary (and allowed; they have some strict rules about spiders and you can get your IP banned for abuse).

All Roades Lead to Philosophy (1)

Relic of the Future (118669) | more than 2 years ago | (#40022325)

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.)

Re:All Roades Lead to Philosophy (1)

Intropy (2009018) | more than 2 years ago | (#40023121)

That failed on the very first page I tried:
Defenestrations of Prague
Bohemia
Czech language
West Slavic languages
Slavic languages
Language
Human
Taxonomy
Ancient Greek
Greek language
Indo-European languages
Language family
Language
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 considered to break [[WP:ASTONISH]]. The joke itself is already featured in the "Recursive humor" section. See discussion on the talk page.

Re:All Roades Lead to Philosophy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40023279)

I don't know how you got from language to language. The article currently begins:
"Language may refer either to the specifically human capacity for acquiring ..."
and "human" is the first link. So,

Language
Human
Species
Biology
Natural science
Science
Knowledge
Fact
Proof
Argument
Philosophy

Re:All Roades Lead to Philosophy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40024497)

The Czech link in the Bohemia article is in the namespace. The first link in the article is "historical region in central Europe" - it works from there, but is quite a way;

Historical region in central Europe -> region -> astrophysics -> astronomy -> natural science -> science -> knowledge -> fact -> proven -> argument > philosophy

Re:All Roades Lead to Philosophy (1)

tomnysetvold (2640961) | more than 2 years ago | (#40028463)

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, Ancient Greek.

Either way, no philosophy.

Bastards! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40022615)

They've just ruined that fun game we all learned off XKCD!

Six Degrees of Wikipedia (1)

pgn674 (995941) | more than 2 years ago | (#40023787)

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]

Source code for site - should I make available? (1)

tomnysetvold (2640961) | more than 2 years ago | (#40025473)

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.

Batman to Supersize Me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40029219)

No route ?

Such a blast (1)

Vaixe (1004308) | more than 2 years ago | (#40031277)

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.

The Oracle is a whiz (1)

yusing (216625) | more than 2 years ago | (#40032353)

From -Rick Santorum- to -sanity : WTF is "Kaqf", and how is that linked to sanity?

Clearly the Oracle is also a Fudgemaster.

12 clicks (1)

BLT2112 (1372873) | more than 2 years ago | (#40034999)

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