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The Oracle of Bacon is a website the was inspired by the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, a trivia game that rests on the assumption that any actor can be linked to actor Kevin Bacon within six steps. The site allows users to determine how two actors are linked or, more prominently, to find an actor’s Bacon Number, which refers to how many links are needed to connect a given actor or actress to Kevin Bacon.
The Oracle of Bacon website downloads information from several databases on a regular basis to continually build a map of actors and movies. The database server uses a breadth-first search to find the links between an actor and Kevin Bacon, and to determine the shortest path. The Oracle also caches the results of answered queries so that it will be able to retrieve results for the same actor more quickly. According to the website, a Bacon Number of more than four is very rare.