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Power in Network of Social Networking Giants According to ABI research, a projected 550 million people will access social networks from their smartphones this year. By 2016, it is predicted that 1.7 billion people will access social networks from various mobile devices. This trend has resulted in many of the big names in social networking and mobile devices to team up […]

How to control complex networks

Recently, an MIT Researcher has discovered an Algorithm to identify how many nodes in a network are necessary to control the entire network. The article explains about “Control Theory” and how for many years this field of study was only applied to feedback systems where inputs and outputs to a system are monitored and variables […]

Weak Ties and the Arab Spring–political-tool-for-good-or-evil/articleshow/10197114.cms Mark Granoevetter’s principle of the “strength of weak ties” easily applies to the Arab Spring.  For those who do not know, the Arab Spring is a series of protests in the Middle East and Northern Africa countries such as Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.  Much ado has been made about social […]

Social Networks and Public Health – The Hidden Influence of Social Networks

Social Networks and Public Health – The Hidden Influence of Social Networks “We’re all embedded in massive social networks that have massive influences on our well-being,” claims Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a professor from Harvard University. In a recent TEDX talk, Dr. Christakis, argues that because people are inter-connected, their health must be interconnected as […]

Big companies’ power in networks

Source: Recently, Amazon unveiled its new Kindle products including a tablet, Kindle Fire. On one hand, it offers people another choice to choose besides Apple’s IPad. On the other hand, Amazon is going to use the same leverage Apple possesses to give publishers of content on its tablet basically the same terms that Apple […]

Google+ vs. Facebook Ever since Google+ became public, there has been much speculation about whether or not it can surpass Facebook as the most popular social network. Although both sites have their merits, the most significant difference I noticed was the way people are allowed to add friends. One topic we covered in class was a directed […]

Buying of Palm and Game/Auction Theory The above article describes Amazon’s consideration of buying Palm from Hewlett-Packard as it looks to further develop its tablet platform. HP bought Palm just a year ago to acquire Palm’s line of Smartphones and its mobile operating system that could compete with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Since then however, the Palm acquisition has […]

Atoms, the Building Blocks of Networks

We have talked a lot about how the laws of Networks (i.g. Nash Equilibrium, Balance, and Strong Triadic Closure) translates into the real world of relationships and interactions. For this blog post, I propose that these concepts hold true to the physical world around us, down to the interactions between our universe’s fundamental building blocks, […]

Political donations, Warren Buffett, and Game Theory

In light of the upcoming election in 2012 there has been significant media coverage on campaign fundraisers and which party prominent businessmen have chosen to donate to.  In this post I plan to analyze Warren Buffet’s decision to donate to Barack Obama.  Buffett’s support of Obama is especially fascinating when the issue of Wall Street […]

Game Theory in Professional Sports The funny thing about game theory is that it can be applied to explain everything from basic economics to terrorist attacks; it is very rarely used to explain actual games like sports. Yet, when you think about it, part of what makes sports so interesting is game theory, which has exactly to do with […]

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