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Traffic, Choice, and Queue Theory

While most routes do not have travel times posted, there are certain routes that do, including the George Washington bridge into NYC from New Jersey, or the wait time of the line for an amusement park ride or museum. How do this new information impact the network/system? Three professors at Cornell, Jamol Pender, Richard H. […]

Don’t Swipe Right for Tinder! Tap for Facebook Dating!

https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-dating-how-it-works/ Facebook has, recently, launched its dating feature in Colombia. Users will have to create their own profiles for the service where they can write general information about themselves and add photos and answers to provided icebreaker questions. Rather than swiping, Facebook Dating will just have users tap whether or not he is interested. Users […]

Google Search Algorithm

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/17/google-tests-changes-to-its-search-algorithm-how-search-works.html Most of the general public do not quite understand the workings of Google’s search algorithms and for good reason. Logically, people will scrutinize Google for having bias for their own products. This lead to a $2.7 billion antitrust fund for its shopping results. They have also been under attack from President Trump for “showing […]

PageRank for Images

https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=4522561 This paper discusses how to apply Google’s popular PageRank to image search. In particular, it extends Google’s PageRank algorithm and uses a simple assumption: images found within a website are relevant to the topic. In other words, if many images contain the same object, then it can be said that there is a theme […]

Game Theory and Dominant Strategy in Cosmic Encounter (1977)

Game Theory and Dominant Strategy in Cosmic Encounter (1977) —————————————————— Cosmic Encounter is a hobby board game published in 1977 and designed by Peter Olotka, Jack Kittredge, Bill Eberle, and Bill Norton. For more than 40 years, the game has been cherished by casual and hobby gamers alike, and for good reason. The game’s design […]

Playing Tricks For the Best Treats

Halloween is an inherently vicious holiday. No, not because of the gorey decorations or fake blood that run rampant in stores for a full month before the holiday itself, but rather because of the sugar-deprived children (and children at-heart) stopping at nothing to sate their gastronomic pleasures, even if that means disregarding the consequences for […]

How Game Theory Can Be Applied to Disease Outbreaks

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-game-theory-disease-outbreaks.html   This article discusses how game theory could be applied when making decisions regarding what to do during an outbreak of disease. The author goes in great detail about the potential outcomes for two scenarios. The first example is with vaccinations. While vaccines have been proven safe multiple times, the author gives some valid […]

The New World Wide Web

https://www.fastcompany.com/90243936/exclusive-tim-berners-lee-tells-us-his-radical-new-plan-to-upend-the-world-wide-web The article that I chose to discuss is titled “Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the world wide web” and is written by Katrina Brooker on September 29, 2018. Brooker had written this article based on an interview she had with him in regards to a project that Berners-Lee […]

Matching Markets and Power in Marriage

Gary Becker was the first person to theorize a “marriage market,” where people are matched with each other for mutual benefit, making choices along the way. Mutual benefit can be assumed because marriage is usually a choice made freely by both parties, and the only reason someone would make that decision is for their own […]

“Super Bowl LIII predictions: Analysts split on Rams, Saints.” A hubs and authorities view

Link: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000952161/article/super-bowl-liii-predictions-analysts-split-on-rams-saints The article describes the expert predictions for who will win Super Bowl LIII. Written before the beginning of the 2018 season, the experts all are given a singular vote to determine who they believe will take home the Lombardi Trophy this year. The experts are a collection of 21 sports analysts, former players, […]

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