A command line program for extracting data from the Mathematics Genealogy Project (http://genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/index.php). Note that this database also contains many entries of computer scientists.
Lookup your entry at http://genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/index.php and then use that URL as a command line argument. For example, if Carl Gauss wanted to explore his academic ancestors, he would type
which produces the directed acyclic graph http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22490968/genealogy_of_gauss.svg. See
for the complete list of options. Requires the dot program, which is part of the GraphViz package (version 2.28.0 or later!) to run.
Note: Due to some inconsistencies in the character encodings used on mathgenealogy, you might need to correct entries that use special characters.
Feedback and bug reports are appreciated!
Changes in 1.4.0:
Updated to handle changes in page layout.
Changes in 1.3.0:
Switched to HTML-like labels in GraphViz. This is required for the advanced font formatting options. ATTENTION: this needs a recent installation of GraphViz (Linux: 2.28.0; MacOS: 2.29) and will yield best results for SVG output files. If you have an older version of GraphViz or run into issues, try the '--oldtextlabels' option.
Downloaded entries are stored locally. This avoids re-downloading the same data if you want to generate multiple graphs of the same entry with different formatting options.
Added more options for fine-tuning the fonts and colors. (requested by users)
Default output is now SVG, as this is the format best supported by GraphViz.
Changes in 1.2.0:
Fixed handling of entries that have multiple degrees. (reported by Dima Pasechnik)
Changes in 1.1.1:
Provide error message when given invalid start URL
Documentation and code cleanup
Changes in 1.0.0:
Choice between PDF and PNG output
Optional inclusion of PhD theses in output
Changes in 0.0.2:
Fixed handling of trailing commas (reported by Alexander Koessler)