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Information Cascades and #MeToo In this article explores the contributing factors that likely led to the rise of the recent #MeToo movement in today’s particular political and cultural climate. The article attributes the movement’s success to digital information cascades brought about by information technology as well as resistance against the extreme and inflammatory words and actions of President […]

Game Theory in Football This article looked at the play calling by the Seattle Seahawks in their game against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX.  Specifically the focus was on the last play of the game, where Seattle threw an interception on the goal line, losing them the game with a final score of 28 to […]

Bayes Theorem in Justice Systems In judicial systems around the world it is a common strategy for prosecutors to use statistics to bolster their claims. As described in the guardian over the years this has led to a number of misrepresentations and caused one judge to bar the use of some statistical methods in future court cases. One of […]

The search for a work space and it’s application in matching markets

In the article on “Finding a good place to study”, mentions common sense individuality in preference in work spaces and I saw these individual values in the spaces, especially in a college setting, applicable in some ways to matching markets. Some students, including me, like working in spaces where there are few to none students […]

Network Effects in Online Sales Network effects describe the benefits we can incur when we align our behavior with the behavior of others around us, and as such, they help to explain why individuals will often imitate the behavior of others. Network effects arise in our daily transactions and decisions all the time, and perhaps one of the most […]

SIR Model, Epidemics, and Social Media

Modelling of information diffusion on social networks with applications to WeChat: In the context of network, similarities and differences exist between the diffusion of information and spreading of disease among population. Both processes exhibit some mechanisms of diffusion, and the spreading depends on local as well as global network structure. In the lecture, we […]

Game Theory and its Relation to Cancer Treatment The following article discusses the topic of cancer treatment methods in today’s modern society. The difference is that the author then presents this topic through the lens of how it relates to game theory. According to the author of the journal article, consistent therapy for disseminated cancer is to an extent necessary and shows signs […]

Bayes Rule and Hot Hand   The well known Hot-Hand is the event where if someone experiences a successful outcome, it is supposedly more likely for them to experience success in later attempts. Over the years, researchers such as Tom Gilovich (Cornell University), have dismissed the phenomenon as fallacious. The idea of the hot hand phenomenon comes from basketball, […]

Brexit – Leveraging Game Theory to Pass EU Deal in Parliament

In 2016, with the successful passing of a referendum in the British Parliament, the United Kingdom (U.K.) voted to begin the separation process from the European Union (EU), known to many as “Brexit.” This past week, the proposed separation deal was approved by a majority of EU leaders, putting the fate of the legislation, and […]

Maine’s New Ranked Choice Voting System

Article Link: In 2016, Maine residents voted for an new scheme of voting called Ranked Choice Voting to replace plurality voting. This system allowed voters to vote this year in many of their elections by ranking the candidates rather than just choosing one person. If no single candidate receives a majority of the first […]

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November 2018