Graph structure

In July 2016, Cosmin Ionita and Pat Quillen of MathWorks used MATLAB to analyze the Math Genealogy Project graph. At the time, the genealogy graph contained 200,037 vertices. There were 7639 (3.8%) isolated vertices and 1962 components of size two (advisor-advisee pairs where we have no information about the advisor). The largest component of the genealogy graph contained 180,094 vertices, accounting for 90% of all vertices in the graph. The main component has 7323 root vertices (individuals with no advisor) and 137,155 leaves (mathematicians with no students), accounting for 76.2% of the vertices in this component. The next largest component sizes were 81, 50, 47, 34, 34, 33, 31, 31, and 30.

For historical comparisonn, we also have data from June 2010, when Professor David Joyner of the United States Naval Academy asked for data from our database to analyze it as a graph. At the time, the genealogy graph had 142,688 vertices. Of these, 7,190 were isolated vertices (5% of the total). The largest component had 121,424 vertices (85% of the total number). The next largest component had 128 vertices. The next largest component sizes were 79, 61, 45, and 42. The most frequent size of a nontrivial component was 2; there were 1937 components of size 2. The component with 121,424 vertices had 4,639 root verticies, i.e., mathematicians for whom the advisor is currently unknown.

Top 25 Advisors

NameStudents
C.-C. Jay Kuo140
Roger Meyer Temam119
Andrew Bernard Whinston104
Ronold Wyeth Percival King100
Pekka Neittaanmäki100
Alexander Vasil'evich Mikhalëv99
Willi Jäger98
Leonard Salomon Ornstein95
Shlomo Noach (Stephen Ram) Sawilowsky91
Yurii Alekseevich Mitropolsky88
Ludwig Prandtl87
Rudiger W. Dornbusch85
Kurt Mehlhorn84
Bart De Moor82
David Garvin Moursund82
Andrei Nikolayevich Kolmogorov82
Selim Grigorievich Krein81
Richard J. Eden80
Olivier Jean Blanchard80
Stefan Jähnichen79
Bruce Ramon Vogeli79
Charles Ehresmann78
Johan F. A. K. van Benthem77
Arnold Zellner77
Egon Krause76

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Most Descendants

NameDescendantsYear of Degree
Shams ad-Din Al-Bukhari139200
Gregory Chioniadis139199
Manuel Bryennios139198
Theodore Metochites1391971315
Gregory Palamas139195
Nilos Kabasilas1391941363
Demetrios Kydones139193
Elissaeus Judaeus139170
Georgios Plethon Gemistos1391691380, 1393
Basilios Bessarion1391661436
Manuel Chrysoloras139142
Guarino da Verona1391411408
Vittorino da Feltre1391401416
Theodoros Gazes1391361433
Jan Standonck1391151474
Jan Standonck1391151490
Johannes Argyropoulos1391151444
Rudolf Agricola1390851478
Florens Florentius Radwyn Radewyns139085
Geert Gerardus Magnus Groote139085
Cristoforo Landino139084
Thomas von Kempen à Kempis139084
Marsilio Ficino1390841462
Angelo Poliziano1390831477
Alexander Hegius1390831474

Nonplanarity

The Mathematics Genealogy Project graph is nonplanar. Thanks to Professor Ezra Brown of Virginia Tech for assisting in finding the subdivision of K3,3 depicted below. The green vertices form one color class and the yellow ones form the other. Interestingly, Gauß is the only vertex that needs to be connected by paths with more than one edge.

K_{3,3} in the Genealogy graph

Frequency Counts

The table below indicates the values of number of students for mathematicians in our database along with the number of mathematicians having that many students.

Number of StudentsFrequency
0161837
121427
28034
34744
43266
52459
61806
71461
81198
9976
10797
11639
12598
13482
14426
15367
16325
17282
18233
19194
21168
22151
20150
23135
24108
25102
2687
2781
2880
2958
3450
3047
3343
3242
3140
3527
3627
3825
4125
4224
4323
3922
3719
4018
4517
5216
5515
4411
4911
4710
5010
5310
5610
469
489
547
607
617
516
576
636
593
623
673
753
823
662
692
702
712
732
772
792
802
1002
581
641
651
681
721
741
761
781
811
841
851
871
881
911
951
981
991
1041
1191
1401