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Push Yourself- Weak connections with a strong effect.

Push Yourself is a social network website started by my soccer coach five years ago where people can post on a blog about the different types of pillar’s they’ve hit. There are four different “Pillars” that you can target, they are: Social, Physical, Intellectual, and Environmental. Hitting the pillars are about challenging yourself to, as […]

Social Networks Affect Memory

A recent Australian study analyzed the correlation between an elderly person’s social network and memory over a span of fifteen years.  The researches found that both the size and type of social networks affected memory.  The four types of networks are children, relatives, friends, and confidants, and each person received a score for each category […]

Predicting our Friends?

  With the advent of the Web 2.0, and the advances in computing power, the internet has proliferated all corners of our lives. While some academics and enthusiasts point out signs of a second bubble that might soon implode on itself, one fact stands out- social networks have increasingly dominated the information technology scene and […]

NFL Referee Lockout- The Ultimatum Game

With the NFL season well under way, the NFL and its officials have yet been unable to work out a deal for a new contact to get the refs back on the field officiating games. As the NFL enters its third week of play, games continue to be officiated by replacement referees. This is a […]

Loneliness Paradox

 Advancements of computer and Internet have helped us to expand our social network to the degree where we did not imagine before. Before telephones, physical distance and delivery time limited communication between people. After computers and Internet, global networks were so conveniently established, but were still limited by the mobility. With the introduction of smart […]

The Power of Strong and Weak Ties

Recently, an article in the New York Times discussed the potential impact of online social networking sites on voter turnout, a particularly relevant topic given the upcoming election in November as well as the boom in social media. As a result, politicians from all parts of the political spectrum have begun exploring the use of […]

When game theory doesn’t work…

http://www.redmondpie.com/poll-have-you-upgraded-to-ios-6-yet/ Redmond Pie is a website focused on technology news, views and reviews about products. This particular article talks about advantages and disadvantages of upgrading to the newer version of iOS. What’s more interesting is that the article has a poll underneath it that asks the readers a simple question: “Have You Upgraded to iOS […]

The Impact of the Use of Greater Money Values in the Ultimatum Game

In Friday’s lecture (9/21/12) we discussed the “Ultimatum Game” and its applications to analyzing the impact of power in social networks. The basic premise of the game is that a person A is given an certain amount of money and is expected to offer a fraction of that money (of A’s choosing) to person B. […]

Apple vs. Samsung and Google

The feud between Apple and Samsung began shortly after Google decided to develop the Android mobile operating system. This operating system is featured in some of the devices manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC Corp, which are in direct competition with Apple and its iPhone. In addition, Apple and Samsung have both been involved […]

Using Graph Theory to Analyze Recent Territory Disputes in East Asia

http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2959379&cloc=rss%7Cnews%7Cjoongangdaily Recently, many cases of territory dispute erupted in East Asia involving China, Russian, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. These disputes involved islets  located among the five countries: Kuril Islands (known as Northern territory in Japanese) between Japan and Russia; Dokdo Islets (known as Takeshima in Japanese) between Korean and Japan, Diaoyudao Islands (known as Senkaku […]

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