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The “Game” Of Disease Control

Source:   The article “Game theory can help prevent disease outbreaks” can be found on  In the article our authors Istvan Zoltan Kiss and Nicos Georgiu propose that a great way to better control the outbreak of diseases can be found through game theory.  They talk about how people make decisions about travel […]

How is equilibrium achieved? In class, we focused for some time on analyzing games abstracted from a variety of situations, many of which contained pure and/or mixed Nash equilibria. Knowing about these equilibria is important because it provides a framework of choices that, if followed by each player involved, ensures that no player is benefited by deviating from […]

How the Prisoner’s dilemma deters nations from taking a global responsibility

    The Prisoner’s dilemma is a situation by which a set of rational game players who act in accordance with maximizing their individual gain end up getting worse off. In game theory, such a game will lead to a non-favorable Nash equilibrium. This is usually because of a lack of information about other player’s […]

Capturing Moral Intuitions in a Kidney Matching Market The recent paper “Adapting a Kidney Exchange Algorithm to Align with Human Values” documents the process of creating a kidney exchange market which prioritizes patients in a way that aligns with human values. A kidney exchange market takes the form of a large graph. The nodes in this graph consist of a patient in […]

Tit For Tat – The Way to Play

Source: Suppose you were playing a game that pays you and your opponent 2 dollars every time both of you cooperate. However, if you cooperate and your opponent decides to betray, you receive nothing and your opponent receives 3 dollars; if your opponent cooperates and you decide to betray, you receive 3 dollars and your […]

Analyzing and Responding to Resilience in Criminal Networks

The paper entitled “Resilience in Criminal Networks” applies network and graph theory to research on the resilience of criminal networks. This paper makes use of social network analysis (SNA) to explore how criminal networks respond to disruptive events and to make predictions about future behaviors in the network given external or internal factors. This research […]

Connected China Connected China is an interactive website dedicated to “tracking thousands of people, institutions, and connections that form China’s elite power structure”. It diagrams networks of political, familial and social ties between government figures. For instance, the Social Power section of the application demonstrates the familial ties of Xi Jinping, and how he has attempted […]

Hacking the system of social influence: How can we use the mechanics of influence to drive behavior for public good?

This article entitled “Hacking the system of social influence: How can we use the mechanics of influence to drive behaviour for public good?” discusses social influence in the realm of social media. It addresses how one might go about quantifying the influence a person has over their peers, and how to most effectively use social […]

Weather Forecasts and Reliability   In the recent days, we’ve all heard a lot about the hurricane impacting the southeast united states and it the devastating impact that is expected to come from it. It seems every year there is a catastrophic weather event like this and a huge deal is made about the forecasting if these events. […]

Push Notifications: Creation and Maintenance of Strong Digital Ties   While working on ARPANET in 1971, Raymond Tomlinson decided to use the @ symbol to allow for communication between users on different computers. This evolved into email and simple mail transfer protocol. Once smartphones entered the market, Blackberries, and later iPhones utilized this push technology to send users push notifications. Today, push notifications […]

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September 2018