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An Analysis of Software Price: Apple vs. Microsoft

We all know what it feels like to have limited options. A broad user base for a product can help improve the amount of documentation that exists to help troubleshoot the use of the product. At the same time, if a product begins to dominate the market, it deincentivizes the need to constantly improve to […]

Social Networks and Hidden Populations

Last semester I took a sociology class at Cornell entitled “Drugs and Society,” taught by Professor Douglas Heckathorn. In the class, we learned about injection drug users, and the difficulties associated with sampling hidden populations such as the injection community. Hidden populations are those that have unknown size and boundaries, and in which there are privacy […]

Twitter and the Buyer and Seller Network

Although Twitter was at its prime in 2012 with over 100 million users posting 340 million tweets a day, Twitter is currently a struggling company. It has had three consecutive quarters of zero user growth and in February, its market value dropped to less than $10 billion, an all-time low for the company. On Thursday, […]

Pokemon Go Trading

Pokemon Go became the game of the summer, even though it initially started as a joke by Google in 2014. After release, Nintendo’s value to jump over $20 billion, surpassing Sony in the process, and there was a huge growth in Ninendo stocks, over $9 billion, which added to the market value of the company. The […]

Game Theory and Human Nature

http://bigthink.com/laurie-vazquez/are-you-envious-or-trusting-game-theory-can-tell-you   According to a recent study on human interactions through game theory, 90% of the entire human population can be classified into four basic personality types: optimistic, pessimistic, trusting and envious. By placing volunteers in random combinations to play several rounds of classic game theory games, researchers gauged how the volunteers acted. They played […]

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