Monthly Archives: April 2016

Graph theory and the (hopefully) green future of transportation

On March 31 of this year, Elon Musk announced one of his yet-again highly-anticipated, highly controversial products: the Tesla Model 3. At this point, most of us are familiar with Tesla, particularly living in Silicon Valley. The electric car company … Continue reading

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Can Game Theory Help to Prevent Rape?

Sexual assault has become an extremely prevalent problem among college campuses across the country. What is even more alarming is the extremely low percentage of sexual assault cases that are reported to the authorities. According to the Washington Post-Kasier Family Foundation, one in … Continue reading

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The Real Estate Agent’s great power

This past summer I read Freakonomics, which is a book that combines Economics and pop-culture written by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. It looks at different economic problems that “traditional” economists wouldn’t cover but that people around the world are very intrigued … Continue reading

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Can game theory help solve the problem of climate change?

The most basic example of game theory that we have seen is the classic “prisoner’s dilemma.” In this example, as seen below, each prisoner has the choice of staying silent, or confessing. Their consequences depend on their own decision as … Continue reading

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All Roads Lead to Rome – On Networks and Power

“On a map, the Holy Roman Empire resembles something closer to a Jackson Pollock painting than an empire.” — The Economist. The rise and fall of the Holy Roman Empire is a central issue in history. The comparison of a … Continue reading

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Everyone’s an Influencer: Quantifying Influence on Twitter

In recent years, researchers and marketers started showing more interest on whether the diffusion of ideas can be maximized by “seeding” information or a new product through special individuals called “influencers”. Influencers are people who have some combination of attributes … Continue reading

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The Beer Game

All week I had been mulling over various ideas about what to write this blog post on but nothing seemed to stick. I kept my eyes peeled for any interesting news articles related to class concepts in my various information … Continue reading

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