There are two kinds of people in academia: those with finite Erdös numbers and those without. You have a finite Erdös number if (a) you are the mathematician Paul Erdös*, (b) you collaborated with Erdös, (c) or you collaborated with someone who collaborated with someone ... who collaborated with Erdös. I figured that I have co-authored with enough people that I had to have some route to Erdös, but I'd never taken the time to try to find one. But Eszter has an Erdös number of 3, and it's a lot less daunting to figure out the coauthor-cobblestone-hop to a fellow sociology Ph.D. than to figure out the path to a mathematician. So, turns out that my maximal Eszter number is 4, meaning that my maximal Erdös number is 7. Here's one route:
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MA Milkie, M Mattingly, K Nomaguchi, S Bianchi, and J P Robinson 2004. "The Time Squeeze: Parental Statuses and Parents’ Feelings about Time with Children." Journal of Marriage and Family 66:739-61.
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P Agarwal, B Aronov, J O'Rourke, C Schevon, 1997 "Star unfolding of a polytope with applications," SIAM. J. on Computing, 26(6) 1689-1713.
B Aronov, P Erdös, W Goddard, DJ Kleitman, M Klugerman, J Pach, L J Schulman. 1994. "Crossing Families" Combinatorica, 14(2), 127-34.
* And you aren't, because he's dead and JFW is strictly forbidden in the afterlife because it would make people pine too much to be back among the bustle of the mortals.
Update, 4:30pm (Cambridge): Even though I really do know how Eszter spells her name--if for no other reason than the familiar rule "s before z, except after c"--I had misspelled it in this post. This has been fixed.