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Social Media Manipulation Can Affect Voter Decision Making (Blog_2)

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/338/6106/472.full The article, “Social Media Manipulation Can Affect Voter Decision Making”, discusses how manipulating social media can affect the voter’s perception of candidate and compromise the voter’s decision making abilities. The article points out that we have a mental trust network that we refer to help us decide what to believe and what not to […]

iOS on the rise in the US, Android continues European conquest

In the article, we can see the percentages of well known smartphones used in different countries. In 2012, the market share of iOS in US experienced a massive increase of 14.2%. On the other hand, Android’s share dropped about 10%. Another notable decline was BlackBerry, which is now below Microsoft’s OS. However, the rest of the […]

Earth Networks is growing after Sandy

After storm Sandy hit and flooded the Northeast, a variety of businesses have come contributed to help the community including Earth Networks, a weather diagnostic provider, now has about 8 thousand sensors and cameras within the nation. Earth Networks is known to provide detailed information on the Northeast such as population density and density of […]

Word of Mouth on the Internet

Word of Mouth or Viral Marketing on the Internet The email company Hotmail was able to amass 12 million users one and a half years after its launch.  This was more than any other mail company at the time. Without much money to spend on advertising, as most of it had gone to hardware and […]

Matching Behavior in Bystander effect

 Bystander intervention is a famous psychological term that demonstrates people’s behavior of helping in emergencies. Contrary to people’s common sense that it is easier to get help as more people are around, this term witnesses that the responsibility that people feel is inversely proportional to the number of people present in emergencies. This particular behavior, […]

Information Cascades and Trading

The following research paper from the London School of Economics analyzes the impact of information cascades in trading. The efficient market hypothesis, a standard assumption in the world of finance, argues that the price of any given security at a certain time is at equilibrium with respect to all of the information about the security […]

Hidden Markov Models and Text Translation

Over the last 5 years, there has been substantial improvement in Google’s translate mechanism. Today, Google Translate supports over 64 languages and the quality of their translations seem to improve every year. Google translate can very accurately translate large bodies of text, and is very useful for people traveling across the world. Obviously, there isn’t […]

Why Android is Free

To the average layman, Google’s decision to develop Android makes no sense. Every year, Google sinks millions of dollars into the development of the Android operating system and then gives it away for free. Unlike Microsoft which charges for every copy of Windows installed, Google makes absolutely no profit from each installation of Android. So […]

Bars Not Dead Yet

  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/fashion/for-college-students-social-media-tops-the-bar-scene.html?adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1352606563-x54fyQ9dTwrVsNitnWG7LA New York Times   While it is hardly a new idea that bars’ can have both information and direct benefit network effects, these effects have now been amplified by new technologies particularly at Cornell. In this article, the writer chronicles the nights of several students whose choices are dictated principally by network based […]

YouTube Power Laws (a small experiment)

When learning about power laws in class, YouTube views immediately sprung to mind. Given the sheer number of videos on YouTube and the wide, wide ranges of views per video, it is incredibly likely that the view counts across the entire site follow a power law. But I wondered if I could find evidence of […]

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