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Modeling A Conflict-Free World Based On Trade And Military Alliances

A recent article from the MIT Technology Review examines a study conducted by Matthew Jackson and Stephen Nei of Stanford University.. The study, which combines network and game theory, has shed light on the importance of trade links between nations with regards to producing a stable network of countries, and therefore, peace. Jackson and Nei initially looked […]

The Evaporative Cooling Effect in Social Network The Evaporative Cooling Effect describes the phenomenon that high value contributors leave a community because they cannot gain something from it, which leads to the decrease of the quality of the community. Since the people most likely to join a community are those whose quality is below the average quality of the community, these […]

The Small World of Kevin Bacon One Networks lecture featured a discussion of the “small world phenomenon,” a consequence of the global friendship network. The idea—backed up by work from Milgram and Watts—is that most people in the world are connected by relatively few connections. The number of people in a given individual’s sphere increases exponentially with each additional connection. […]

History of the World Wide Web

When we started talking about how the internet relates to information networks, I became intrigued by the early history of the Internet. Being born in 1995, I quite literally don’t know a world without it – but I’ve never fully understood how the World Wide Web was developed into what it is today. From this article, […]

Colluding in Art

Today there are two fine-art auction houses that dominate the art market. Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s have broken world auction records for set and individual pieces of art. In May 2015 Christie’s sold Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger for over $179 million, the highest recorded fee for any auction sold painting. Strong competition amongst the two […]

Application of the PageRank Algorithm to Alarm Graphs (Extended Abstract)

 Ammann, P., Wijesekera, D., Kaushik, S.: Scalable, Graph-Based Network Vulnerability Analysis. In: Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference On Computer and Communications Security. New York: ACM Press. (2002) pages 217-224. In the class, we discuss an interesting approach to solve the web search problems – PageRank algorithm. I am really interested in this topic. […]

The Applicability of Game Theory to Legal Negotiations and Mediations

Game theory is a decision-making tool that analyzes the players, strategies, and payoffs of situations, which can be represented in payoff matrices. Such investigations can guide the behavior of individuals or entities, who seek the outcome that best satisfies their goals. In particular, the Nash bargaining theory defines an equilibrium at which a player’s payoff […]

Graphiq and the Future of Searching the Web Graphiq is a tech company located in Santa Barbara with the goal of delivering online content to their users with clarity, depth, and ease. The internet is largely unorganized and dispersed and it can be a daunting task to find specific information in this heap of data. To aid in this process, Graphiq claims […]

Truth Telling Mechanisms

In our discussion on game theory and dominant strategies, we have learned and frequently emphasized that the dominant strategy of a second price sealed-bid auction is to bid truthfully. I found it very interesting and practical to devise a game such that one’s dominant strategy is to tell the truth. I wanted to find other […]

The Internet Downstream

As technology progresses, there is more of a demand for the internet to become a natural right of the people. It is felt that everyone on Earth should have access to the internet and the vast amounts of data it contains. As the internet is extremely helpful towards finding answers of many daily problems, this […]

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October 2015