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Coronavirus and Game Theory   The first link is an article from The Conversation, which discusses the shortage of PPE during the time of Coronavirus and the impact that Nash’s game theory could have on it. The article first mentions the difficulty that countries around the world experienced as the pandemic went on. It became harder […]

Game Theory in America’s Pastime: Baseball

Game Theory Applications in Baseball In class, we have delved into the idea of game theory and how it is a driving factor behind making choices in a competitive environment where your choice directly affects (and affected by) someone else’s choice. In this article, the author looks at game theory application in, what I would […]

Welcome to the Networks Blog (Fall 2020) and How to Post

Welcome to the course blog for Networks (ECON2040, INFO 2040, SOC2090)! This is a course which will explore how the social, technological, and natural worlds are connected, and how the study of networks sheds light on these connections.Topics include: how opinions, fads, and political movements spread through society; the robustness and fragility of food webs […]

Aparna’s Week 2: BBC Podcast Response

“There’s more variation in males than there is in females. There’s fewer dolts among women but there are also fewer geniuses. This is a biological fact that you’ll find for almost any strain there is variation. And so it’s actually very unlikely that there’s ever going to be 50-50 Nobel Prize winners for example and […]


Yesterday I sat on a bus and counted the people as they got on and off. I drew a small map of the seats in my notebook, and when someone got on I made a marked that seat with a symbol of the bus stop at which they got on. When someone got off I […]

The Great Bee Hoax

The article “Viewpoint: How a small group of scientists and pliable media created a ‘catastrophe narrative’ that hurts bees and farmers” by Henry Miller discusses the effects of pseudo-science and information cascades when it comes to the popular ‘bee-pocalypse’ trend. According to international statistics from 1995, the number of honeybee colonies has stayed seemingly constant […]

The Opioid Epidemic: information cascades gone wrong

The Cascade of Care framework was first proposed as a policy solution to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s by public health officials. More recently, this framework has been revisited and reintroduced as a means of controlling the opioid epidemic that has decimated, in particular, rural white communities across the United States. Unlike infectious diseases […]

Information Cascades and the Rise of Sexual Assault Allegations

The article “Trump and the ‘information cascade’ created a cultural reckoning”, written by Gillian Tett, discusses how new technology connected more people then ever and caused an information cascade over sexual assault. Tett discusses that there probably aren’t anymore sexual assaults now than in past years, however the amount of allegations is at an all […]

Instagram’s Removal of Likes

Recently, Instagram has been experimenting with the removal of the likes counter for certain users in varying countries, and recently expanded to the United States.   There is an entire economy that goes on within Instagram for advertisements. Though Instagram itself has paid ads show up every few posts in your feed, individual accounts are […]

The Network Effects of a Currency Revolution

Facebook is the trigger for a currency revolution that’s long overdue — like it, or not   In the next few years, we may be seeing a transformation in the way we use currency. Recently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proposed to lead a group of tech companies in creating a new currency know as ‘Libra’. […]

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