Because computer graphics is founded on mathematics, it should come as no surprise that a number of computer graphics researchers have low Erdös numbers. If you are a graphics researcher, how can you find your own Erdös number? One way is to try the MathSciNet collaboration distance calculator. I have not actually not had much luck with this method for graphics researchers, however, most likely because the database does not containing many graphics publications. A better way is to start with the list of co-authors and co-co-authors of Erdös. It is a long list, but a few of the people on this list publish in the graphics community:

Bern, Marshall W.

Chazelle, Bernard M.

Dey, Tamal Krishna

Dobkin, David P.

Edelsbrunner, Herbert

Guibas, Leonidas J.

Hughes, John F.

Mitzenmacher, Michael

O'Rourke, Joseph

Snoeyink, Jack Scott

Cohen, Jonathan D.

Metaxas, Dimitris

Turk, Greg → Jessica Hodgins

Varshney, Amitabh

Grimm, Cindy

Rusinkiewicz, Szymon → Marc Levoy

Tal, Ayellet

Zorin, Denis

Funkhouser, Thomas → Pat Hanrahan

Silver, Deborah

Sweldens, Wim

Lin, Ming C.

Manocha, Dinesh

Gross, Markus → Heung-Yeung "Harry" Shum

Pai, Dinesh

Pauly, Mark

Pottmann, Helmut

Salesin, David → Donald Greenberg

Seidel, Hans-Peter

Veach, Eric

Barr, Alan

Barzel, Ronen

Cani, Marie-Paule

Durand, Fredo

Igarashi, Takeo

Ju, Tao

Laidlaw, David

Markosian, Lee

Matusik, Wojciech

McGuire, Morgan

Nayar, Shree

Pfister, Hanspeter

Raskar, Ramesh

van Dam, Andries

Zeleznik, Robert

Owens, John

Sharf, Andrei

Isenberg, Martin

Lindstrom, Peter

van de Panne, Michiel

Pascucci, Valerio

Rossignac, Jarek

Shewchuk, Jonathan

There is a small group of people who have both an Erdös Number and a Bacon Number, and the sum of these numbers is their Erdös-Bacon number. Believe it or not, there is a Wikipedia page on this topic.

Bernard Chazelle has a Bacon number of three (via the movie "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench"), and an Erös number of two, giving him an Erdös-Bacon number of five. There are several researchers in graphics who have been extras on films, giving them Erdös-Bacon numbers. Randy Pausch had a part in the 2009 film Star Trek, in which the actor John Cho also appeared. John Cho was in the 2007 movie The Air I Breath with Kevin Bacon, which gives Randy Pausch a Bacon number of two. Since Randy's Erdös number is four, his Erdös-Bacon number is six. Dan Goldman was an extra on Star Wars II with Rose Byrne, giving him a Bacon number of two, and an Erdös-Bacon number of six. Eric Enderton was an extra on Star Wars I, which gives him a Bacon number of three, and an Erdös-Bacon number of seven.

Erdös himself may have an Erdös–Bacon number of 3, 4, or 6. Erdös' Erdös number is 0 by definition, and his Bacon number is currently 4 according to data from the Internet Movie Database. However, one of the links is disputed on the Erdös Number Project website. Without this link, his Bacon number rises to 6. Also, Sir Alec Guinness appears in N is a Number with Erdös. Although Guinness' name is not in the credits, this gives Erdös a Bacon-Erdös number of 3.

Daniel Kleitman, a mathematician at MIT, was an advisor for the movie Good Will Hunting and appeared briefly as an uncredited extra. Minnie Driver, who appeared in that movie, also appeared in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon; as such, Kleitman's Bacon number is 2. He also coauthored a paper with Erdös. This gives him an Erdös–Bacon number of 3.

The only ways a lower Erdös-Bacon number could be achieved would be:

- for an individual who had co-authored an academic paper with Paul Erdös to appear in a movie with Kevin Bacon, giving all involved an Erdös–Bacon number of 2;
- for Bacon to co-author an academic paper with someone with an Erdös number of 1, which would give Bacon an Erdös–Bacon number of 2;
- for anyone who appeared in the documentary
*N is a Number*along with Erdös to appear in a film with Bacon, which would posthumously give Erdös an Erdös–Bacon number of 2; - for Kevin Bacon to appear in a film that also uses stock footage of Erdös, giving Erdös an Erdös–Bacon number of 1;
- for a heretofore unknown joint academic paper by Bacon and Erdös to be published, giving Bacon an Erdös–Bacon number of 1;
- for Kevin Bacon and Paul Erdös to be revealed as being the same person, giving him an Erdös–Bacon number of 0.

Greg Turk, July 2009, Updated November 2014