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Strong triadic closure and Structural Balance in Politics

With the midterm race coming up, there is a clear divide between the country. https://www.cnn.com/election/2018/forecast. The following link shows the predicted outcomes of the election with the seats’ colors corresponding to the respective party’s. Scrolling down further on the page, you can see a map of the predictions, and as of now, the Democrats are […]

Ethical responsibility in Information Search?

With the rise of the internet came the omnipresence of searchable digital information. Nearly everything is clickable and google-able on the massive world wide web. But is this cause for concern? Is it possible that dominating search engines such as Google have too much control over what information is provided to us? Jon Kleinberg, professor […]

Saudi Arabia is a Powerful Node

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/15/investing/saudi-arabia-global-investments/index.html This article is about Saudi Arabia’s presence in the international investment community. Of course, Saudi Arabia’s role in international politics has come under a lot of scrutiny since it came to light that a progressive Saudi journalist was (reportedly) tortured and murdered in a Turkish consulate. In this article, CNN details several of a […]

Google Search in China?

Over a short time span, web search has exploded in many ways. Aside from the ability to have access to an insurmountable amount of information the web has also opened up a new market for advertisers to show off their products. Since most people come to the internet for information it makes sense that search […]

Instagram Algorithm: Here’s How Your Insta Feed Actually Works

https://www.standard.co.uk/tech/inside-the-algorithm-how-instagram-feed-works-a3960196.html Instagram made noticeable changes to its feed structure in 2016 when it switched up the way it orders the pictures it presents when you open up the app. Back in the day, your Instagram feed was ordered chronologically, so that newest photos came up first. However, now your Instagram feed is ordered based on […]

The negation of the Braess paradox as demand increases

In 2010, Anna Nagurney, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, published a research paper under the heading, “The negation of the Braess paradox as demand increases: The wisdom of crowds in transportation networks.” Her goal, as the title suggests, was to prove that as demand increases, the Braess Paradox disappears. As was discussed […]

Facebook Suggesting People You May Know

Facebook’s feature of suggesting friends or people you may know has an updated edition that may be the key to “breaking the ice.”  Not only will Facebook suggest mutual friends, but also people you may frequently see, whether it’s at work, a cafe, or the gym, etc.  Now you can at least find out their […]

A Simple Expanation of The Game Theory Behind Bitcoin’s Proof of Work System

Link: Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System This is oversimplified and assumes a very basic understanding of digital signatures and hash functions. Blockchains attempt to solve the problem of coordinating distributed and untrustworthy players into a single secure and global network. As there can be no master coordinator (like in a modern client-server database) all of […]

Google’s search algorithm changes?

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/17/google-tests-changes-to-its-search-algorithm-how-search-works.html This article talks about the possible rigging of search results in terms of political bias, ever since President Trump accused Google of being biased. Though individual Google employees lean towards liberal on their political views, but there is no proof that search engine results are purposely skewed toward any direction. To “demystify” how Google […]

NFL Draft Matching Market Issues Could Invite Auction Alternative

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704133804575198154038855396   The NFL Draft was first created and held in 1936, and for awhile was effective at spreading out top college prospects across the NFL teams. However, as the rules and styles of the NFL and college football diverged, the use of the draft format has caused many issues. The college game spreads the […]

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