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LinkedIn Leaving You Out

With the amount of information regarding individual ties and networks having expanded exponentially in the past decade, today’s generation can quickly and easily understand their unique positions in social structures. Companies like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have used their data to make their services more applicable to their users, creating friendship and relationship connections that […]

Playing Game Theory Against the Kids

As college students, it wasn’t too many years from when we were at the dinner table refusing to eat the broccoli for dinner or when we were defiant to our parents and wanted to watch TV for 30 more minutes. As most parents probably think, it is always a losing battle when it comes to […]

A Webpage for Every (Other) Person

The Internet as we know it is a massive sea of interconnected webpages. While there are about 7 billion people on the Earth, there are approximately 4 billion webpages online.  One company, Common Crawl, allows anyone to peruse the web systematically. On the Internet as we see it, from one webpage (such as this very […]

Networking on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is what you might call a professional social networking website.  Instead of posting pictures and statuses on his/her profile, a person can list their work experience, special skills and talents, upload their resume, and so on.  It is designed to be a tool for people to make professional connections with coworkers, friends, alumni, etc. […]

Hotelling’s Model of Spatial Competition

Why do gas stations, coffeehouses and restaurants seems to gather around the same area instead of spreading around? Cornell spreads its dinning halls all around campus, but they are not competing with each other. Restaurants, on the other hand, seem to come in clusters. Why does that happen? Why do people in my neighborhood in […]

What Makes for Effective Social Coding

It’s pretty cool how useful graphs are when modelling social phenomena. Though the exact interactions between people are incredibly complex, having something visual and concrete to analyze certainly does help draw interesting conclusions about the way these interactions work, or why they act the way they do. As someone doing CS, I’m a pretty big […]

A Reflection on Biological and Chemical Networks

The history of science can be viewed as a large, ever-changing network, with increasing knowledge of seemingly unrelated fields shaping the direction of scientific research in the modern day. We often hear of the “Hierarchy of Science,”  made humorous by the popular xkcd comic, of how biology is applied chemistry, which is simply applied physics, […]

Closer Look Into Cybersecurity via Game Theory

A blog about an academic paper that addresses cybersecurity by discovering the Nash Equilibrium in two game theory models.  Overview As we progress in technology, cyber attacks have increased exponentially. Therefore, the United States community has been addressing issues involving cybersecurity risks to protect the nation’s information while asserting dominance in this new tech sector. […]

Networks in Nature

Even though networks are often seen as a way to analyze technological information and social interactions, these networks can also be applied in studying nature. One simple example of a network in nature are food webs. These food webs illustrate the predator and prey relationship seen in a specific ecosystem with directional edges as their […]

Using Triadic Closure to Predict Social Roles in Online Networks

The study of social roles in online networks is key to properly targeting audiences for advertising campaigns and for recommending new contacts to existing users. However, many current models are skewed by missing, outdated, or non-standard data in users’ profiles. To create a more reliable model, researchers studied five sociological theories in the context of […]

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