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Search Engines — How Much Personal Data Are They Really Protecting?   Most of us have experienced searching Google for something, say a pair of jeans for example, visiting a site that sells that good, then seeing an advertisement for that exact website or even a specific pair of jeans we had been looking at previously while browsing the internet for other reasons. In […]

Hyena Social Networks Hyenas are African predators that live in large stable groups called clans, which can have more than 100 members. They are known for their ability to cluster and take advantage of it, meaning that as a result, can promote cooperation and fitness. One reason behind this phenomenon is because they are selective in their […]

How to Add Affiliate Links to Your Website Without Getting Penalized

Putting some affiliate links on one’s blog is an easy way to make some money. While people are concerned about how theses affiliate links affect their blog’s page rank, it is okay to have affiliate links if they are listed correctly. Or is it? In Google: Affiliate Links Do Not Hurt a Website, John Mueller conveys […]


Netflix and the Prisoner’s Dilemma Netflix is currently a top streaming site to watch TV shows and movies. They have 118 million subscribers to their services, and are continuing to grow rapidly. There has been talk about Netflix and other TV/Movie companies being in a prisoner’s dilemma type situation. Since Netflix is so large, a […]

Linear Algebra in Ranking Algorithms.

When we learned about the ranking algorithm in class, we used simple algebra and intuition to create a series of equations to solve our long-time equilibrium solution. How do we achieve this using a standardized method with computers? Ultimately, the millions of web pages are too big for humans to handle and a standard method that computers […]

Game Theory in Evolutionary Biology

Link: Author Emily Singer presents the difficult resolution between game theory tactics and cooperation in nature. The optimal strategy in the prisoner’s dilemma, which points to the “generous” strategy of both not confessing, has been used to explain why cooperation occurs in nature. However, physicist Freeman Dyson and computer scientist William Press have challenged […]

The Secret to Ant Efficiency Is Idleness

How do ant colonies function so efficiency, despite the space constraints? Georgia Institute of Technology physicist, Daniel I. Goldman, and his colleagues researched ant colonies and small robots  to find out. In the paper “Collective clog control: Optimizing traffic flow in confined biological and robophysical excavation”, which was published in science in August 2018, it […]

The Role of Game Theory in Evaluating the Evolutionary Stability of Plant-Pollinator Networks

In class we often discuss networks pertaining to friendships, social media platforms, and the web. However, some of the first and most important networks developed were food webs and those that modeled ecological processes. An example of this are the mutualistic interactions between species such as pollination and plant-fungus interactions that are ubiquitous in nature […]

Google + Privacy = DuckDuckGo?

Source:   DuckDuckGo is a search engine alternative to Google that differentiates itself through a focus on privacy. Unlike Google, which delivers advertisements and search results based in part by tracking on your online habits on other websites, DuckDuckGo gathers its search results from over 400 different sources. These include anything from Wikipedia to […]

Using Measures of Network Complexity to Observe and Shape Networks

A unique feature of networks is their ability to be expressed through myriad forms. For instance, network-like structures are commonly used in computer science. Object-oriented languages make extensive use of trees (a structure somewhat similar to networks) for many features like searches and data organization while functional languages like OCaml are unique in their own […]

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