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The Theory of Six Degrees of Separation works! August 5, 2008

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This is what I always felt – it`s a small world! Being an active and communicative person, I literary know thousands of people in person and many virtually. And the more people I get to know, the more I realise how small and cute the world`s village actually is! 🙂

The six degrees of separation argument, popularised by American psychologist Stanley Milgram (1967), posits that everyone is one degree removed from people they know, two degrees from people their friends know and no more than six degrees away from everyone on the planet.

The Microsoft team came up with the idea of using data from their Messenger client. The researchers took an IM message between two unnamed individuals as a link and then examined how to connect 180 billion different pairs of users in the database.They found the actual number of links was 6.6, although 78 per cent of the world’s population can be linked in seven steps or less. However, some took over 20 links to find a connection.

One of the researchers on the Microsoft Messenger project, Eric Horvitz, said he had been shocked by the results. (more…)


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