Monthly Archives: May 2016

Pro Golf, the Stock Market, and Herding

So I am a pretty awful golfer. I spend most of my time on the course, or rather off the course in the sand and fishing golfballs out of the water hazards, so naturally I do not hit many birdies or … Continue reading

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Information Cascades Against Clusters

Looking at it from a distance, information cascades seem fairly simple. If the two people going before you picked a ball out of a bucket and declared that both the balls were blue, you go and state that the bucket … Continue reading

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Polarization in US Politics

In mid 2014, the Pew Research Center published an article titled, “7 things to know about polarization in America”. The findings were the following: First, over the past twenty years, the percentage of Americans who express consistent ideological views has … Continue reading

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Ant social network is spatially organized in ant nest network

This post is the third in “the ant network” trilogy; the first in the series discussed how the architectural topology of an ant nest can influence the collective behavior of ants, and the second post showed how having few talkative ants can … Continue reading

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How Herding in Iowa and in the Democratic Primary Has Shaped the Presidential Race

The 2016 Presidential Election is receiving more news and social media coverage than any in our nation’s history, which is resulting in an abundance of questions from first-time voters about the logistics of a caucus and the role of superdelegates … Continue reading

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Retrospective Answers in Pandemic Diseases

The spread of diseases has, without a doubt, been an extremely lethal yet frustratingly unpreventable phenomenon throughout the history of mankind. The black plague, small pox, and most recently, Zika and Ebola outbreaks have decimated populations around the globe, eventually … Continue reading

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New Network Analysis in Zika Outbreak Discussion

With the 2016 Rio Olympics only a few months away there has been much discussion about the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil and it’s impact on the spread across the country. This has lead to a discussion and … Continue reading

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