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Evolutionarily Stable Strategies in Oncology   Theoretically, the idea of steady states in evolutionary game theory can further be applied to understanding certain cancer dynamics. Further, McEvoy claims that the application of game theory and equilibrium states to cancer dynamics will allow for the potential manipulation of cancer growth by predicting and affecting improved survival by changing the strategies […]

Daniel Rigney: The Matthew Effect as Social Spiral

Article: This article is written by Daniel Rigney, author of The Matthew Effect: How Advantage Begets Further Advantage, a book discussing the sociological phenomenon called “The Mattew Effect.” The term was first used by a Columbia University sociologist named Robert Merton; it described a common pattern that was found in social systems: “advantage tends to beget further advantage.” The […]

The Importance of Probability and Bayes’ Theorem in Poker Every competition has its foundations in math and logic: football, baseball, chess, tennis, etc. all use tactics and plays to target the opponent’s weakest points. One of the most important uses of statistics for a sport is poker. We may just watch poker for entertainment, but for the majority of players we observe, playing […]

Unfulfilled Promise as Social Contagion to Gain Foothold in a Network

Ello, a social media platform where creatives post their work, first marketed themselves as an ad-free version of Facebook to appeal to new users. This sort of promise attracted millions of users in just a few short months, gaining Ello attention and traction to deem themselves significant. However, users quickly became dissatisfied with the lackluster […]

The Nash Equilibrium and Why It Matters In this article, the author begins by claiming how the Nash Equilibrium is one of the most important tools needed to understand the past and predict the future. The author gives many examples of the Nash equilibrium is extremely useful including how it helps economists work out how competing companies set their prices, how […]

Twitter bots for good

Twitter bots currently have a bad reputation. They are accused of spreading fake news and have the potential to mislead other real Twitter users. Real users may see a popular post and believe that other real users are spreading the posts. However, researchers at USC have tried to use twitter bots for good. They had […]

The Race to Report News First

New York Times: “YouTube’s Rapid Response Partisans Game the News of Tragedy” This article discusses the theory that the popularity of something can be greatly affected by whether it is established first or not. It tells the story of Elmer Williams, the owner of a right-wing reporting channel on YouTube. In light of the mass […]

Fake News and Information Cascades

Information Cascades occur when the information that you can infer from other people is more powerful than your own private information, influencing you to follow other people’s decisions. WeChat is an online messaging and social media platform with 889 million users, mostly from the mainland China. Unlike Facebook, the “News Feed” on WeChat contains the […]

Pepe the Frog Information Cascades

This video has some strong evidence that points towards a pepe information cascade. Pepe was originally a cartoon character that received the meme treatment starting around 2015, ultimately, he was classified as a hate symbol in 2017. Well, that escalated quickly. Pepe’s rise to Nazism started when he became overly popular in mainstream culture, he […]

Phase transition to two-peaks phase in an information cascade voting experiment

/* */ Observational learning is an important information aggregation mechanism. However, it occasionally leads to a state in which an entire population chooses a sub-optimal option. In this study, the researchers conducted an experiment in which subjects answered a two-choice quiz sequentially with and without information about the prior subjects’ choices. The subjects who could […]

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