## My Erdős-Bacon Number

An author’s Erdős number is the minimum number of degrees of separation between the author and Paul Erdős, as measured by collaborative publications. **My Erdős number is 4: **

- Snyder, L. V. and M. S. Daskin. Reliability models for facility location: The expected failure cost case.
*Transportation Science*39(3), 400-416, 2005. - Daskin, M. S., C. R. Coullard, and Z.-J. M. Shen. An inventory-location model: Formulation, solution algorithm and computational results.
*Annals of Operations Research*110, 83–106, 2002. - Coullard, C. R. and Reid, T. J. Element subsets of 3-connected matroids.
*Congressus Numerantium*66, 81–92, 1988. - Erdős, P., Reid, T. J., Schelp, R., and Staton, W. Sizes of graphs with induced subgraphs of large maximum degree.
*Discrete Mathematics*. 158(1-3), 283–286, 1996.

An actor’s Bacon number is the minimum number of degrees of separation between the actor and Kevin Bacon, as measured by joint screen appearances. I am not an actor. But if you are willing to count high school plays (which I admit is a stretch), then **my Bacon number is 3:**

- I was in various high school plays with Brad Raider.
- Brad Raider was in “Locker 13” with Steve Eastin.
- Steve Eastin was in “Rails & Ties” with Kevin Bacon.

One’s Erdős-Bacon number is the sum of one’s Erdős number and one’s Bacon number. Therefore, **my Erdős-Bacon number is 7.**