This is an incredibly interesting use of statistical analysis. Generally, when people try and prove the historicity of myth, it’s down to archaeological and historical evidence. But this? Using statistical analysis to compare how close to reality the character interactions are? That’s pretty freaking cool.
I haven’t read the article yet – but I will. From the summation, I think it points to some known facts about Peter, Andrew, James, and John… and Jesus.
By the way – the paper is based on complexity, along the lines of Game Theory. I’ll focus on that a bit later.