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Elizabeth Tilley and her daughter
Mayflower passenger Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland (bef.1607-1687) was one of the featured profiles in the Connection Finder when the First Thanksgiving was honoured in November 2020. Her mean distance to all connected profiles at that time was 17.96 - so she does not beat Samuel Lothrop or Brigham Young, but is still worth mentioning. Actually her daughter, Elizabeth (Howland) Dickinson (abt.1631-aft.1691) has a mean distance of 17.80, slightly better than her mother.
Another way to find the center in a graph like the Global Tree is to seek the least eccentric node (profile). Since our work on finding shorter connection paths has led to rapid changes from one most eccentric profile to another, the center has correspondingly bounced around. These central profiles tend to be from medieval and early modern European royalty. They also tend to have a somewhat longer mean distance to other connected profiles.
One of the profiles found by this method was Marie Stuart (1542-1587), who was chosen as an example in the beginning of December 2020. She was then mentioned in a discussion as having the lowest sum of distances to the most eccentric three profiles at that time (=243).
Marie Stuart shared the honors with Henry (Tudor) of England (1491-1547) and Friedrich V (Palatinate-Simmern) Bohemia (1596-1632).
As the most eccentric profiles were reconnected and replaced with other most distant profiles, the initial trio was succeded by:
- Maurice de Berkeley (1271-1326) (234)
- Marjorie of Dunbar (1265-1308) (234)
- Teresa de Portugal (1176-1250) (232)
- Pedro Bourgogne (1320-1367) (221)
- Richard Cotton (1539-1602) (222)
- William Curtis III (1592-1672) (225)
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