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Google, Yahoo and Bing’s unique page ranking strategies

Source Article This article describes how Google, Yahoo and Bing differ in their treatment of backlinks and other factors to determine the ranking of hubs and authority pages on the internet. In class, we learned that PageRank is determined by in-links (the article calls them backlinks) and can be determined by analyzing hubs and authorities. […]

App to Run Auctions at Sports Arenas

Dropit, a startup company from New Zealand, has created an app that allows sports spectators to participate in 60-second auctions. Spectators can download the app to participate in auctions in various arenas by watching the scoreboard. When the auction starts, the price of the item drops, and the first person to “swipe up” on their […]

Political Ads on Social Networks

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/19/russian-election-ads-social-media-congress-bill-243955 As the investigation into Russian ads on Facebook continues, there is more discussion about the regulation of these ads. Because laws about political advertising were written before the advent of the internet, nobody knew quite how they should be applied.  As a result, there ended up being almost no regulation on advertising on websites […]

Viral Novelties Curated in ‘Fake News’

The news today seems to be blowing up over the advertisements permitted by Facebook and Google during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections that were allegedly purchased by various accounts connected to the Russian government, suggesting that these political advertisements should be under the same set of requirements (with regards to the public disclosure of the […]

Destroying Criminal Networks Using Structural Analysis, PageRank, and Machine Learning

How can we better attack criminal networks? Analysis of such networks are difficult since they are private by nature, and have many potential hidden links even if you knew about some of the members. Researchers from Stanford University conducted an analysis using available criminal network datasets which showed links between individuals/organizations and criminal events to […]

When Google Disabled Public PageRank

Something that I never knew existed before this class was the concept of PageRank, and while I certainly used the Internet before 2013 I was not aware Google made PageRank public before then. PageRank, the same concept as we have been learning in class, was once visible on the page, usually on the top bar […]

Art Bodega and the Market

An Artist’s Felt Bodega Is So Successful It Sells Out   Artist Lucy Sparrow created a convenience store made from simply felt stitched together and painted. The exhibition was an installation that acted as a convenience store, each piece resembling some sort of commercial item that was actually sold on the spot to the viewers. […]

Utilizing quantum theory to improve upon PageRank

  https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ne7pa8/physicists-designed-a-quantum-graph-search-technique-that-matches-google This article discusses a new technique to do a graph search in replacement of PageRank. PageRank is difficult to implement not because of its complexity but rather the sheer amount of web pages on the internet today. There are over 1 billion websites on the internet today, so you could imagine what a […]

The Ethicality of Ad Blocking

For the last five years of my life, I have always had an ad blocker extension installed on my Google Chrome browser. When I see my peers dutifully waiting for their ad to finish playing so they can watch a Youtube video or an episode of the Bachelorette, I often ask why they don’t have […]

Fast Distributed PageRank Computation

The article describes a modification to the more commonly known Google PageRank algorithm. The purpose of the approximation is to identify “important” nodes with a focus on scalability, speed, and load balancing amongst a cluster of computational servers. Therefore, this algorithm describes an efficient fully-distributed algorithm for computing PageRank. In our class, we discussed iterative methods […]

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