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Baby Poker

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/can-you-deal-with-these-card-game-puzzles/   In this fivethirtyeight article, the Riddler Classic poses a very interesting game theory exercise in the form of Baby Poker. Rather than playing with cards and chips, in this scenario, poker is boiled down to two players each anteing one (1) dollar into the pot and each player making only one decision. Two […]

How Game Theory Can Improve Responses to Natural Disasters

As one of the most destructive Atlantic Hurricanes to hit Houston, Hurricane Harvey resulted in more than 40 inches of rain over four days and causing catastrophic flooding. In the aftermath, there will be around half a million individuals seeking aid from the government and applying more stress to disaster relief organizations. The largest obstacle […]

Game theory in healthcare

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/eci.12380/full Game theory can be used to model the interactions between a doctor and patient. The link above uses the example of a patient seeking opioid medication. The doctor and patient are engaged in a game in which the patient is either in real pain or fake pain, and the doctor can either prescribe narcotics […]

Saving Africa’s Elephants with Game Theory

Currently many species of elephants are endangered and facing extinction in Africa. With ivory always in high demand, even with current international regulations against poaching, elephant poaching is still a major issue. To help fight this, in 2016, the Chinese government announced a domestic ivory trade ban, ending the legal domestic ivory markets in China. […]

Game Theory On a British Game Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpahL4fu5R8 This video clip is from a British game show called Golden Balls. Two players, Steve and Sarah, play in the game, where each of them have two choices–split or steal the 100,000 British pounds. If both of them choose split, they will each get 50,000 pounds. If one of them chooses split and one […]

Closing Down 42nd Street – Braess’ Paradox

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1990/12/25/health/what-if-they-closed-42d-street-and-nobody-noticed.html?mcubz=1 Other blog: http://blogs.cornell.edu/info2040/2017/09/17/braesss-paradox-in-the-real-world/   Disclaimer: After searching through the website, I found that a previous student had also posted a blog concerning this article. However, I will post my own interpretations of the article and offer a new perspective of the topic at hand.   On April 22nd of 1990, New York City’s Transportation […]

I WANNA BE A STAR!

This past summer has witnessed some of the shakiest moments in the world of sports: one of them, Kyrie Irving’s trade to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas. Just a year after winning the Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie put in a trade request, and soon after, left for the Celtics. The reason for […]

Game Theory in School Selection

Game theory, in the real world: http://news.mit.edu/2012/profile-pathak-0501 The above article is about how an MIT professor redesigned the Boston school matching system. In Boston, and other cities like Chicago and New York, students don’t always go to the school associated with the school district they reside in. Instead, they give their preferences and they are […]

Hybridization: Linking Giant Components

Link: http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev.es.16.110185.000553 Summary: This paper delves into the phenomenon of Hybridization. What is hybridization? Hybridization is the process by which two genetically and phenotypically variant species meet and mate to produce “hybrids.” Say for example, we have two species of butterflies. These butterfly species may have had some commonalities in the past, but some kind of […]

Mapping the Digital Humanities Community via Twitter

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23311983.2016 The article above analyzes what it calls the “digital humanities community”. The definition of this term matters less than the fact that it is a very particular label, and only a tiny subset of the enormous Twitter community would proclaim to have. In particular, the article analyzed about 2500 Twitter accounts with self-proclaimed “digital […]

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