0403: "Convincing pickup line"

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0403: "Convincing pickup line"

Postby A. Smith » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:18 am UTC

http://xkcd.com/403

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Alt: "Check it out; I've had sex with someone who's had sex with someone who's written a paper with Paul Erdős!"

Hmm. Does that give an Erdos number of 3?

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:19 am UTC

As good of a reason as any. Do it up.
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby Zak » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:20 am UTC

I may have to try this...
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby IronyandParadox » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:20 am UTC

Is it just me, or is he doing a lot of gender-positive comics lately? This one has the girl using the pickup line, and important life lesson had the girl receiving...
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby rwald » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:21 am UTC

This comic was eerily relevant to me; at my university, there was a professor whose habits with grad students led to the term "<Name>* number" to mean the number of degrees one was away from him on the "slept with" graph. I'd imagine some people even got combined Erdos-<Name> numbers. No triple-plays with Bacon, though.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby benjhuey » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:21 am UTC

The logic here is flawless...
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby Editer » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:22 am UTC

I chuckled at the cartoon and laughed out loud at the Alt.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby marco » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:23 am UTC

One of these days I'm getting drunk and using this...
and I can only hope for life's irony, since I never have the courage to do shit like this, the girl will say yes
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby Shale » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:24 am UTC

The logical next step for this would be an Erdos-Bacon-Jameson number.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:27 am UTC

IronyandParadox wrote:Is it just me, or is he doing a lot of gender-positive comics lately? This one has the girl using the pickup line, and important life lesson had the girl receiving...

Is it a good or bad thing if such details just fly right on by.
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby gormster » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:28 am UTC

A hundred points to the first person who successfully uses this line.
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby Tirian » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:31 am UTC

I call foul. What kind of hookup network would be so nearly regular, much less symmetric? Hamiltonian, maybe.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby szarka » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:36 am UTC

I think this one makes it into my top ten xkcd comics! :)

Ironically, if a woman ever used this line on me, I might have to propose marriage.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby Aviatrix » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:39 am UTC

It would be a lousy reason to marry someone.

But despite miserable allergies and even more miserable essays on this batch of student papers I'm grading, the alt-text made me smile, and I really appreciated the experience.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby Linux0s » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:43 am UTC

Here's what Cafe Dude actually heard:

Symmetry Girl: buzz-buzz-buzz... if we sleep together
Cafe Dude: Can't argue with that

With 99.9% of guys this would be true.
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby OmenPigeon » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:46 am UTC

Tirian wrote:I call foul. What kind of hookup network would be so nearly regular, much less symmetric? Hamiltonian, maybe.

Perhaps our leading lady has been quietly engineering this entire thing? For the past few months she's made friends with everyone in her graph and convinced them all to date exactly who she needs them to to make it symmetric. Of course, making new friends would be a bit of a problem. She'd have to get them interested in just the right night of group sex in order to keep the graph symmetric.
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby nyeguy » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:49 am UTC

OmenPigeon wrote:
Tirian wrote:I call foul. What kind of hookup network would be so nearly regular, much less symmetric? Hamiltonian, maybe.

Perhaps our leading lady has been quietly engineering this entire thing? For the past few months she's made friends with everyone in her graph and convinced them all to date exactly who she needs them to to make it symmetric. Of course, making new friends would be a bit of a problem. She'd have to get them interested in just the right night of group sex in order to keep the graph symmetric.

Give it some time, and this comic WILL be reenacted.
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby suso » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:55 am UTC

Um, perhaps this would work on a woman who is interested in talking about quadratic equations. Then again, most women like it when you take an interest in them and perhaps this would be a way to show that.
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby serrath » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:59 am UTC

Possible reference to wikipedia article # 10,000,000 in the hovercaption?

I see almost no connection except the Hungarian bit, but the timing seems a little suspect.
(Okay, I see absolutely no connection except the Hungarian bit. But really, I hit XKCD then go to Wikipedia to see who this Erdos guy is, and there's a link on the main page to article number ten million, written in Hungarian, so after checking that out, I get back to Mr. Erdos, and apparently he's Hungarian. I thought it was interesting.)



@suso: Yeah, that might go well... :lol: ("Hey, I can't help but notice who you've been sleeping with...")

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby nicoledoubleyou » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:26 am UTC

IS SOMEBODY FOLLOWING ME/MY LIFE.
This actually exists in Phoenix, AZ. I could actually use this as a pickup line.


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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby Jackis » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:27 am UTC

Tirian wrote:I call foul. What kind of hookup network would be so nearly regular, much less symmetric? Hamiltonian, maybe.


It's more believable given the size of the graph. Perhaps local means something like 'within the math department'

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby bitwiseshiftleft » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:33 am UTC

A. Smith wrote:Hmm. Does that give an Erdos number of 3?


Erdos numbers are about co-authorship. Sex should only count if you have a kid.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby cyberia » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:35 am UTC

I am so trying this next weekend
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby joeframbach » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:37 am UTC

nicoledoubleyou wrote:IS SOMEBODY FOLLOWING ME/MY LIFE.
This actually exists in Phoenix, AZ. I could actually use this as a pickup line.


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That "Burdette" fellow is quite the man.
As is that "Brian Kelly" guy.

I'm assuming you're "Nicole W" on the right-hand side?

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby nicoledoubleyou » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:45 am UTC

joeframbach wrote:
nicoledoubleyou wrote:IS SOMEBODY FOLLOWING ME/MY LIFE.
This actually exists in Phoenix, AZ. I could actually use this as a pickup line.


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That "Burdette" fellow is quite the man.
As is that "Brian Kelly" guy.

I'm assuming you're "Nicole W" on the right-hand side?


Correct! Yeah, Collin's a slut. The connections are based on "making out" and beyond, just FYI.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby David R » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:46 am UTC

Not to be nit-picky, but the graph in the comic is not a symmetric graph, it isn't even regular.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby Robin S » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:47 am UTC

I often miss the latest comic despite being awake due to time spent on the fora, but I think almost two and a half hours is a record.

joeframbach wrote:That "Burdette" fellow is quite the man.
As is that "Brian Kelly" guy.
Indeed. I was wondering whether there were any instances of K2,2 as subgraphs, but realized that those two alone probably account for something like K2,5 between them.

"I've had sex with someone who's had sex with someone who's written a paper with Paul Erdős!" would have been better as "I've had sex with someone who's had sex with someone who's had sex with Paul Erdős", though the latter would be possibly harder to demonstrate and would also imply that either I, my sexual partner, or their sexual partner, likes considerably older sexual partners (or that I myself am fairly old).
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby russianspy1234 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:49 am UTC

i loved the alt text, immediately recognizing the name erdos. one of my professors used to brag about having a really low erdos+bacon number. i think it was 5.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby David R » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:50 am UTC

It is a pretty well known "fact" among mathematics students that Paul Erdos hated sex. They don't call him the man who loved only numbers for nothing.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby f1g2h311 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:10 am UTC

I just started watching the first season of The L Word and thus it was the first thing I thought of upon seeing this. nice

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby belteshazar » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:10 am UTC

I find it necessary to brag about my father's Erdos number of three

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby phaiakia » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:12 am UTC

I'm from Phoenix too... and I must say, I checked that graph pretty closely. Phew.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby charmuska » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:31 am UTC

David R wrote:Not to be nit-picky, but the graph in the comic is not a symmetric graph, it isn't even regular.


Since when is reflection no longer a valid form of symmetry?
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby AtG » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:38 am UTC

What's a Jameson number? Jenna? Is there a database for this?

I've been reading some stuff by Edward Tufte recently. He hasn't yet tackled the problem of presenting a group's promiscuity two-dimensionally.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby Robin S » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:45 am UTC

David R wrote:It is a pretty well known "fact" among mathematics students that Paul Erdos hated sex. They don't call him the man who loved only numbers for nothing.
I went to Wikipedia to see if I could verify this, and find myself emerging an hour later having barely glanced at his article (I was reading articles related to scale-free networks). This is typical.
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby plad » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:06 am UTC

I just wanted to say we've used a similar argument for our graph (an edge is defined as "a kiss and above").

"If you'll kiss him, we'll have a K4 subgraph" (we're now pretty close to K5 but I don't think we'll actually complete it)

This also led for the following quote : "In a K3 graph, one of the vertices must be bisexual".

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby DocRock » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:10 am UTC

Holy crap, this comic and subsequent discussion is amazing. Taking the network stuff in a different direction, my honors program recently invited Ron Graham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Graham) to speak at UT. When he came, a group of us got to eat dinner with him at a nice restaurant in town. I sat next to him and we ended up splitting desert. I then asked if he had ever split desert with Paul Erdos, when he said "yes" I got excited because I lowered my Erdos-desert number to 2; I ate desert with a guy who ate desert with Paul Erdos.

Plus, my thesis is on contact network models of disease spread, so Nicole W's post could be considered data. I love you XKCD.

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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby MathArt » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:14 am UTC

nicoledoubleyou wrote:IS SOMEBODY FOLLOWING ME/MY LIFE.
This actually exists in Phoenix, AZ. I could actually use this as a pickup line.


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Man.. if this is your real life 'slept-with' social relationship graph... man, that's fucked up...
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby zahlman » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:15 am UTC

plad wrote:This also led for the following quote : "In a K3 graph, one of the vertices must be bisexual".


Either at least one is bisexual, or all are homosexual :/
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Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

Postby joeframbach » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:17 am UTC

DocRock wrote:Holy crap, this comic and subsequent discussion is amazing. Taking the network stuff in a different direction, my honors program recently invited Ron Graham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Graham) to speak at UT. When he came, a group of us got to eat dinner with him at a nice restaurant in town. I sat next to him and we ended up splitting desert. I then asked if he had ever split desert with Paul Erdos, when he said "yes" I got excited because I lowered my Erdos-desert number to 2; I ate desert with a guy who ate desert with Paul Erdos.

Plus, my thesis is on contact network models of disease spread, so Nicole W's post could be considered data. I love you XKCD.

Next time you're in Pittsburgh, let me know and we'll split desert. I'd love to have an Erdos-desert number of 3.


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