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Why UPS Drivers don’t turn left and the Driver’s Dilemma

Although atypical, UPS delivery vans do not always take the shortest routes between stops. The company gives strict orders to all drivers that the drivers should never drive through oncoming traffic. In America, this means turning left. UPS drivers do not turn left onto oncoming traffic unless absolutely necessary. This means the company prefers the […]

Beyond the Prisoner’s Dilemma: Evolving Games and Why Populations Cooperate

It is no secret that humans cooperate with each other: cooperation is often beneficial to all parties that play along. Cooperation and game theory have long been studied hand-in-hand and we understand many situations where a human would follow the best decision for game theory. One of the most famous, if not the most famous, […]

Game Theory and the Trump Administration

Since the beginning of the Trump presidency, there has been an unprecedented number of leaks from within the White House. White House staffers and Cabinet members are all officially on the same team. However, the institution is made up of several factions competing for superiority, with each fearful of the other leaking damaging information. On […]

The Snapchat Network

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/mr-know-it-all-10/ In thinking about possible networks that surround me and influence my daily life, I immediately thought of snapchat. Snapchat is an app I use every day to showcase highlights of moments in my life. In particular, this article talks about Snapchat streaks. A Snapchat streak is the number of days you consecutively Snapchat a […]

Rush: the James Hunt and Niki Lauda Rivalry

https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2013/sep/18/rush-ron-howard-reel-history   This article describes the complex relationship between legendary Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, portrayed in the movie Rush. The two drivers, Hunt hailing from England and Lauda of Germany, are displayed on screen as being enemies. Their rivalry on the race track caused an animosity between them, as they constantly […]

Social Networks In Animal Behavior

https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/the-roles-of-individuals-and-social-networking-in-a-small-group-of-domestic-horses-at-pasture.php?aid=87045   I chose a research article entitled “The Roles of Individuals and Social Networking in a Small Group of Domestic Horses at Pasture”. This article discusses a study conducted in France at the University of Rennes within the Ethology department. The results of this study were analyzed to better understand how large herbivores interact […]

Game Theory and its Role in an Increasingly Earlier College Recruiting Process

Over the past few years, there has been a noticeable trend in increasingly earlier student athlete verbal commitments when it comes to college swimming. In compliance with NCAA rules, college coaches are not allowed to begin introducing themselves to and mailing potential college recruits until September 1st of the students’ junior year in high school. […]

Studying the Game Theory of Criminal Street Gangs to Predict Behavior of Adversaries

The USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society is proposing a project called Spatio-Temporal Game Theory & Real-Time Machine Learning for Advesarial Groups. This project would combine smart-phone based game theory games and gang related police data to model behavior between adversaries. These predictions can be applied beyond gang relations to include adversarial relationships among […]

Bacon’s Number

https://www.cnn.com/2014/03/08/tech/web/kevin-bacon-six-degrees-sxsw/index.html   The idea of “six degrees of separation” is one of amazement and skepticism. Also known as the “small world phenomenon,” this theory states that every one person can be connected to another person on average through 6 edges (links) or less. Stanley Milgram even proved in one of his experiments that the mean […]

Natural Disasters Can Spawn New Social Networks

As Hurricane Florence gains strength every hour of the day it seems, our social media networks can often be forgotten as a useful resource in the struggle to prepare for the unpredictable. This makes logical sense as it is only natural for people to spend time offline packing their bags or boarding up their house. […]

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