People with an Erdos number of 1 have a *published* mathematical paper with Erdos as co-author, correct? Merely asking Erdos to write a statement and sign it would not qualify, correct?

(You): People with an Erdos number of 1 have a *published* mathematical paper with Erdos as co-author, correct? Merely asking Erdos to write a statement and sign it would not qualify, correct?

(Kevin): no

(You): well, that’s a relief. Of course, it you really WERE him, you’d pretend not to be…

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(Peter): That is correct, although laxer criteria are ocasionally used for sillier

purposes (not that the Erdos number is a very serious idea to start with)

[Vark assigned category: Erdos number, more details]

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