What is the longest path though Six Degrees of Black Sabbath?

[tweetmeme source= ‘plamere’ only_single=false] @meekles tweeted yesterday that he had found a 25 step path through Six Degrees of Black Sabbath and challenged anyone to find a longer path that his Path from Arthur to Eivind Fjoseide.

To sweeten the challenge, I’ll offer a prize of a coveted Echo Nest Tee Shirt for each new longest path found.  Here are the rules:

  • When you find a path that you think is longer than any found so far, tweet the path with its length and the hashtags #6dobs and #longest. For example:  I made a 25 step path from arthur to Eivind Fjoseide #6dobs #longest http://bit.ly/9DANCk
  • No skipping allowed in longest paths
  • Only one tee-shirt given per milestone – so if 5 people find a 27 step path, only the first who finds it gets the tee-shirt
  • Only one tee-shirt per person
  • You are not eligible if you work for the Echo Nest, or if your name is Kurt Jacobson

The Echo Nest tee-shirt will turn you into a music metadata superhero

Have fun finding those paths!

Six Degrees of Black Sabbath

Update: Great work finding paths of at least 40 artists long.  Tee-shirt give away ends tonight (May 25) at midnight EDT!

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  1. #1 by Mike Stallard on May 25, 2010 - 8:51 am

    Hello!

    I lack a Twitter account, but I have a 26 stepper!

    http://labs.echonest.com/SixDegrees/?start=nathan+fake&end=Eivind+Fjoseide

    :)

  2. #2 by Paul on May 25, 2010 - 8:57 am

    Hey Mike – congrats! – send your shipping info to paul@echonest.com

  3. #3 by Kurt Jacobson on May 25, 2010 - 8:58 am

    Luckily I’ve got an awesome Echonest t-shirt already :-)

  4. #4 by brian on May 25, 2010 - 9:57 am

    love the slide kurt is standing in front of

  5. #5 by brian on May 25, 2010 - 9:57 am

    i meant yves, i knew that

  6. #6 by Lawrie (Catfurnace) on May 25, 2010 - 11:48 am

    WooHoo! I got 32!

  7. #7 by Coox on May 25, 2010 - 12:33 pm

    Argh! I equalled 32 but just realized it’s too late for a shirt… Congrats Catfurnace!

  8. #8 by Coox on May 25, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    Mmmmh… This is kind of cheating but… If I mix my 32 path with @mutable_instrum’s 34 path… Well, we get a whoppy a 37!

    http://labs.echonest.com/SixDegrees/?start=Handheld&end=DJ+Hein

    Does that qualify?! :)

    • #9 by Paul on May 25, 2010 - 1:55 pm

      Cook – sure does does – all great scientists stand on the shoulders of others. email your size preference and shipping info to paul@echonest.com

  9. #10 by neo on May 25, 2010 - 2:41 pm

    Hey I have two artists for which there is no path!!!
    Does it count as the longest path??

    http://labs.echonest.com/SixDegrees/?start=the+brothers+johnson&end=john+cena

    • #11 by Paul on May 25, 2010 - 2:51 pm

      neo – sorry – no path is not a long path.

  10. #12 by neo on May 25, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    Infinite length path :D :D

  11. #13 by neo on May 25, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    hurrah i have a 39 stepper !!
    I hope no one has crossed this yet :P

    http://labs.echonest.com/SixDegrees/?start=lol&end=ひくら

    • #14 by Paul on May 25, 2010 - 8:00 pm

      neo – nice, longest path yet, email your preferred size and shipping info to paul@echonest.com

  12. #15 by meekles on May 27, 2010 - 10:20 am

    Is my path of 40 still the longest? http://bit.ly/d3J4CN

  13. #18 by jmaessen on June 1, 2010 - 10:40 am

    Paul: Are you actually computing shortest paths? I seem to be able to shorten “Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer-Incentives” to “Maddy Prior” from 13 to 9 steps by excluding some stuff:

    http://labs.echonest.com/SixDegrees/?start=Honest+Bob+and+the+Factory+to+Dealer+Incentives&end=Maddy+Prior

    http://labs.echonest.com/SixDegrees/?start=Honest+Bob+and+the+Factory+to+Dealer+Incentives&end=Maddy+Prior&skip=11137c88-a9a2-4ffa-a97d-fb058c6d6ce2&skip=cc60d937-e80b-4c66-8aa2-e89cb57c8b08

    • #19 by Paul on June 1, 2010 - 11:14 am

      jmaessen – There’s info in the FAQ about how paths are determined. Short version: Paths get scored based on strength of connection. The fact that George and Ringo played in the same band is a stronger connection than Danger Mouse sampling George – and so the paths take that into account. If you skip strong connections you may end up with a shorter path that is less strong.

  14. #20 by Pasty on June 1, 2010 - 2:20 pm

    Best I can do is 25 steps:

    http://labs.echonest.com/SixDegrees/?start=neutral+milk+hotel&end=trombone+shorty

    Neutral Milk Hotel to Trombone Shorty

  15. #21 by Alexander Strandberg on June 3, 2010 - 11:14 am

    I found a 41… Is the challenge still on?? :)

    http://labs.echonest.com/SixDegrees/index?start=Brock+Specht&end=mustasch

    • #22 by Paul on June 6, 2010 - 10:54 am

      alex – send me your size and shipping info – we’ll send you a shirt! paul@echonest.com

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