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Taking Power of Social Networks

Networks exist in our society in most places that we look; it is hard to not find some sort of principles of networks occurring in day to day life. Some of the most obvious examples are the online social networks, such as Facebook, that we spend much of our time on throughout the day for […]

Why Bright, Low-Income Students Don’t Apply to Selective Colleges

Introduction In any model, assumptions are made to simplify complex situations. Of course, in the real world there are factors which affect the market that are not easily modeled, and are sometimes not even readily apparent. One such example is the fate of high-achieving, low-income high school students in college admissions. A recent paper by […]

Crowdsourcing Traffic Equilibrium

In a recent blog post on New York Times, new research into the mobile apps Roadify (1)  and Waze (2) revealed how social networking technologies might help make transportation flow quicker and more efficient. (3) Here I will try to analyze this possibility from a networks perspective. Firstly, let’s think about the traditional networks problem […]

Analyzing Student Center and the Allocation of Students to Classes

With course selection just around the corner, many of us students are wondering what classes to take next semester, and, perhaps more importantly, what should our backup plan be in the event that we do not get into our desired classes? In addition, I have run into a fair number of people who question the […]

Networks behind the Net

A paper by Musacchio et. al looks into if local internet-service providers (ISP’s) should be allowed charge content providers for the ability to access end-users. The paper is relevant to networked behavior because the paper examines multiple individuals or entities in a setting, which is in this case is the relationship between internet-service providers and […]

Collegetown Housing Market and its ‘Unraveling’ Behavior

In class we looked at the Hospital-intern medical labor market, for which we saw that before there was a centralized matching system the market went under an “unraveling” behavior where hospitals offered internship positions every time sooner and sooner. In this post I want to first call into attention that the same unraveling behavior is […]

Automated match making system in video games

A lot of recent video or online games with multiplay such as Call of Duty, Starcraft2 and even Tetris on Facebook offer a feature called automated match making system. An automated match making system is basically an algorithm to match different players so that players do not have to waste their time finding acceptable opponents […]

Network Behavior in Auction Bidding Sites

A peek into the working of online auction websites like Ebay appeals to me as an interesting study of network behavior. Essentially eCommerce websites (e.g. Ebay and Amazon) allow sellers to auction their product where multiple interested buyers are allowed to bid for the product, and it’s finally sold to the bidder placing the highest price at […]

How Google sells Internet Ads

How many of you have noticed that the advertisements shown to you on any particular web site is actually based on what you search on Google or any other search engine? The other day I was browsing the internet to look for new models of Sony cameras. The next thing I know, whichever site I […]

Algorithm Based Preferences

There is an enormous amount of content on the web, and this amount is increasing exponentially with more and more content being uploaded every second. As users we are being force fed this content, without much of a choice. Facebook forces the status updates and pictures of friends onto our screen. Netflix forces hundreds of […]

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