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Role of Networks in the Resignation of Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Roselló

Sources:        The articles above speak how, on June 2019, the former governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Roselló faced backlash over the leaks of more than nine hundred pages worth of messages of a group chat he shared with other politicians that supported him. In such conversations, there were offensive, misogynistic, […]

The Game Theory behind Brexit We often hear about how politicians play “games” with one another, but never has this been more clear in Great Britain with Brexit. In the early part of 2019, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition party, and Theresa May, the prime minister, were locked in a tight battle for political control. We first establish […]

An Analysis of the Ripple Network Using Graph Theory

Source: The concepts of graph theory are the core foundation of the idea of Ripple, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency. Ripple utilizes the small-world phenomenon, otherwise known as “six degrees of separation,” as the basis for a peer-to-peer payments network. The idea is that transactions “ripple” through the network in such a way that the […]

Adding Roads Causes More Traffic This article talks about how the idea of constructing new freeways and adding lanes to existing highways for the purpose of reducing congestion and travel times actually backfires and increases congestion and travel times. This phenomena was briefly discussed in class with Braess’s Paradox, which states that’s adding one or more roads to the […]

Why Uber and Lyft Make Congestion Worse

Uber and Lyft claim that allowing people to share cars will reduce the number of cars on the road. As described in this article by The Verge, a growing body of research shows that this is not at all the case. Instead, thanks to Uber and Lyft, people are taking more car trips and thus […]

Game Theory in PRC-Philippines Relations

Through the past few decades, there has been a heavy dispute between the People’s Republic of China and the Philippines over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Currently, the PRC has laid claim to a significant portion of the South China Sea which has created tensions with other countries in Southeast Asia. In 2016, […]

Break the Law? Or Break the Bank. Food security is a pervasive problem in many parts of our world. For many West African countries, the fishing industry provides a major source of protein, income, and employment to its people. But an increase in illegal fishing has brought instability to the region’s economy and further corruption in its government due to the […]

Flopping in sports and the prisoner’s dilemma

Source: The article talks about how in basketball flopping is quite prevalent nowadays. Flopping is when a player intentionally falls over when there is little to no physical contact in the hopes of drawing a foul in their favor. As a fan flopping may seem silly, especially the extent in which certain players flop, […]

Poker Game Theory – How You Should Think About The Game

This article is written by an online NLHE and PLO grinder and poker writer Rory Corrigan. The article talks about the application of game theory in the game of poker. The card requires players to be aware of costs and benefits of playing their next move. Every step in poker influences the win-rate of the […]

Game Theory and Unpredictability in Tennis Every professional tennis player must be in peak physical condition to compete at the highest level. However, what sets the good from the great is in the mental side of the game. Some of the greatest players in the world, such as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, have the ability to play unpredictably. Dr. […]

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