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The Network of Basketball

Through advancement in player tracking technologies and data acquisition methods in the NBA, basketball has evolved into an extensive network of nodes and edges. Companies like SportsVU and Second Spectrum, along with the growing acceptance of analytics in NBA front offices, have revolutionized the game of nodes and edges. In the basketball graph, each node […]

Home Networks

As technology progresses to smaller and more powerful devices, there is now a movement towards pushing it into the home. This is the concept of a smart home powered by the internet of things. Putting a humidity sensor next to your window and technology can instantly give you an idea of how moist your room […]

How Randomly Can We Be Connected?

The popular website XKCD, a “webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language” posted a survey on Thursday September 3rd. It isn’t a survey about what people want to see their daily comics about or what their favorite of the four described topics is. It’s a completely anonymous survey about random information. The only stipulation is that […]

Finding the Terrorists

The network of phone calls in the United States is very extensive, containing a complex system of links too large to express in a tractable manner on a sheet of paper. Such a network contains a node for each American who has used a phone and an edge between every pair of people who have […]

The Effect of Social Networks on Friendships

In the Digital Age, social networks seem to make it easy for people to make friends. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter link friends and family together, which provide people with recommendations for friends, events, and groups to connect with or join. In many cases, a mutual friend introduces two people to each other, thereby […]

Social Networks and Disease Prevalence

The typical idea regards social networks as conduits of disease transmission and disease risk factors, especially at individual level, i.e. who-transmits-to-who. However, this article presents social connectedness also reduce the chronic disease and potentially infectious diseases. The authors showed stronger social ties in remote communities, may inhibit the prevalence of self-reported diarrheal disease and fever, […]

Triadic Closure in Food Webs

Food webs are fairly straightforward. Nodes are organisms (animals, plants, etc.), and edges indicate “consumption.” If two nodes are connected, then one organism eats the other. Generally, food webs can be organized into tiers, these tiers being producers and primary, secondary, and tertiary consumers (leaving out decomposers). Primary consumers are carnivores that eat other carnivores, […]

The Ebola Network

Generally, when we think of networking and the influences behind our forming of networks, we think of it in a more deliberate fashion. We meet and purposely spend time with and eventually befriend people we enjoy being around. When looking for jobs, we look for employers we think we’ll enjoy working for, and employers look […]

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