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Fighting Crime with the Prisoners’ Dilemma (At Least on TV)

In this clip from the CBS Show Numb3rs, in which a mathematician (Charlie) helps his FBI agent brother (Don) fight crime using his number theory-driven insights, we see Charlie create a prisoners’ dilemma situation to get one of the suspects to talk. … Continue reading

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“The World is so big, I want to have a look”

Freedom of Speech on Chinese Internet As a Chinese student studying in the US, I can feel my world expand and shrink every time I cross the borders of these two countries. In America, I am free to post personal updates … Continue reading

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Game Theory Analysis of Penalty Shootouts

Game Theory has been a prominent topic throughout the course and I chose this article because it uses them to analyze one of my passions, soccer.  In this weekend’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, the game was … Continue reading

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Potential for Zika Outbreak

Zika is now in the United States. Sort of. There has been a birth of a baby in the United States with microcephaly (born with a smaller head and underdeveloped brain) due to the virus, but the virus was contracted … Continue reading

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Game theory suggests memory and cooperation evolved

“A new study by Joshua Plotkin, a professor in the Department of Biology in the School of Arts & Sciences, and Alexander Stewart, a former postdoctoral researcher at Penn who is now at University College London,” suggests that enhanced long … Continue reading

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Reddit Hivemind

Reddit doesn’t get its hivemind reputation for nothing. It is very well known that information cascades or “herding” is super prevalent but until recently not too many studies have been done and reddit hasn’t released their own internal data either. But … Continue reading

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Stock Market Herding

Article A combination of low oil prices and turmoil in the China market was believed to have led to the drop you see below in January 2016 of the S&P 500. But were these reasons legit? As the article points out, … Continue reading

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