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Small World Phenomena Found in Ecosystem

The article, Herbivores in a small world: network theory highlights vulnerability in the function of herbivory on coral reef, discusses how the application of network theory has been relevant in field ecology. Using a mathematical network model, researchers have been able to discover how herbivorous fish are linked as nodes in a “grazing network” that maintains an […]

Graphing The Internet Of Things

Today, the Internet is home to an unbelievable amount of data. According to Google, there are over 60 trillion individual pages on the Web. Indexing these pages amounts to over 100 million gigabytes of data. Despite these numbers, it is possible to search for something and find just what you need in well under a […]

The Importance of Strong and Weak Ties in Developing a Successful Organization

When considering the network of an organization, many people comprehend the importance of strong ties between the people in a company. However, many people tend to neglect the necessity of weak ties when they think about creating a successful organization.  Weak ties are often perceived in a negative light when considering the network structure of […]

Networks in relation to Rats

These two studies were conducted to study the existence of empathy and pro-social behaviors in rats based on a number of different variables, and they ultimately reveal very telling information about social networks in the context of rats. The earlier of the two studies found that the majority of free rats would attempt to open […]

The Stock Market, the Internet, and the World

In the TED talk “How Algorithms Shape Our World,” Kevin Slavin, a researcher, entrepreneur, and “algoworld expert,” argues that the world we live in is run and shaped by algorithms which require very little, if any, human intervention.  When this talk was first released a few years back, another student commented on how these algorithms […]

Are Chimps Smarter than Humans?

According to The text book “Game theory is concerned with situations in which decision-makers interact with one another, and in which the happiness of each participant with the outcome depends not just on his or her own decisions but on the decisions made by everyone.” This means that a game consists of  multiple people who have to […]

Less is More, Unless You Think about It

In 1968, Dietrich Braess formulated what is known as Braess’s Paradox when he noted that adding new roads to a travel network counter-intuitively led to more congestion. His observation sets up a general framework where an increase in choice decreases satisfaction/efficiency, and the paradox has a much wider application than traffic jams. Consider jam, for […]

Game Theory in Magic: the Gathering

Magic: the Gathering is an exceedingly popular trading card game in the style of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon. It has been around for approximately 20 years and is only growing larger every year. Magic has a couple of crowds of people that play it. There are the casual people who have fun slinging spells around the […]

Building New Roads Does Not Always Lead To Less Congestion

According to a study conducted by two University of Toronto professors and published by the American Economic Review, buildings roads to cure congestion is an exercise in futility. The University of Toronto professors described a number of reasons why building more roads results in more driving despite what our common sense would tell us. Amongst those, […]

Twitter Helps Find Owner of Lost Wedding Photograph

Thirteen years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 a woman has found the owner of a wedding photo found at Ground Zero on that fatal day. For the past 13 years Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has posted the lost wedding photo on social media networks in the hopes of finding the couple or someone […]

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