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A Penchant for Parental Politics: How network diffusion explains children’s political beliefs

Article from The Atlantic What’s the single most powerful predictor of a person’s political alignment? Perhaps it’s their race or socioeconomic status – those are things that people can strongly identify with. Or maybe it’s where they live – after all, we consistently have red or blue states. While those demographic categories can show a strong […]

Facebook Events: How ‘interested’ are you really?

In class we learned about how showing the list of people who responded ‘Going’ or ‘Not going’ to an online invitation for an event can influence the invitees’ decisions. The more people that respond ‘Going,’ the more benefits there are, so you have a higher incentive to attend. The more people that respond ‘Not going,’ […]

Will Your Tweet Go Viral?

https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/will-your-tweet-go-viral-first-50-retweets-are-enough-to-decide-1555582459978.html This article analyzes the sharing and spread of information on Twitter. Specifically, it uses network theory to estimate the likelihood that a tweet will go viral. Tweets that are shared rapidly and widely, so called “social contagions” carry an extreme amount of  influence. As a result, predicting their spread is a valuable tool in […]

Network Diffusion with Alzheimer’s

As with most concepts from this course, we have primarily looked at the concept of network diffusion on the scale of person-to-person. However, network diffusion is a concept that applies at many levels, one of which is synapses in the brain. A recent study was conducted on mice to determine how Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative […]

The wisdom of crowds: What the odds tell us about the UK election

We talked about predictive markets in class with betting horses, but what about a more significant bet – the UK election? UK’s general election happens next month, and with Brexit still in the air uncertainties surrounding several domestic issues, this election has a lot on the line. Will Boris Johnson succeed in making this election […]

Information Cascades and Direct Benefits in Bond and Equity Markets

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-11-18/stocks-are-writing-checks-the-economic-data-can-t-cash https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-12/risk-is-back-on-as-investors-fear-missing-out-on-stock-rally   This week I wanted to review an eye-catching article I saw circulating on social media from Bloomberg Opinion about how the stock market isn’t really an indicator of how the economy is doing. I’ve recently started to follow the POTUS on twitter and I’ve noticed how quick he is to pat himself […]

The Influence of Information Cascades on Online Purchase Behaviors of Search and Experience Products

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/299503546_The_influence_of_information_cascades_on_online_purchase_behaviors_of_search_and_experience_products The above article talks about how when users shop online, they usually refer to others’ behaviors as well as if items are on sale or not when purchasing items online. The researchers wanted to see how information cascades could influence online purchase behaviors and how they affected the online word-of-mouth and prices of products. […]

Social Media Fueling Network Cascades

With technology dominating our social landscape, an increasingly large number of people place importance on social media and the validation they receive from social media likes. The article talks about how the fast-paced nature of social media has driven our society to overshare without enough time to think first. We want to feel accepted by […]

Disinformation today

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/facebook-twitter-and-the-digital-disinformation-mess/2019/10/01/53334c08-e4b4-11e9-b0a6-3d03721b85ef_story.html Whoever controls the spread of information controls the world and disinformation is that power gone wrong. With the rise of social media giants and websites in modern times, bringing news easily to people in their homes, spreading information and news has never been easier. However, that information does not have to be truthful or […]

Bayes’ Rule Applications in Sports Betting

https://www.pinnacle.com/en/betting-articles/Betting-Strategy/bayesian-analysis-and-sports-betting/5VM2U95MX696RGXP The instant gratification and excitement that comes with gambling is undoubtedly addicting. Many gamblers believe their superstitions and good luck charms will someday pay off in a big way. However, as the math has shown time and time again, casinos are rigged against the players in the long run. Aside from the highly skilled […]

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