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The Dish Washing Dilemma

As I begin to write this blog post, I notice that the kitchen sink behind me is filled with dirty dishes. My roommate is also seated across from me and must notice that the sink is full too. Either of us could easily fill the dishwasher in about five to ten minutes, but we both […]

Facebook Keeps Dead Friendships Alive, Maybe for the Better

In both this course and INFO 2450 Communication and Technology, we are taught about weak ties and told about their strength, so I wanted to explore the exact effects weak ties have. In this article, De Meo discusses his methods of determining the effect of weak ties on information diffusion. Observations were done on a […]

Combinatorial Clock Auctions

https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/how-smart-bidders-can-manipulate-massive-auctions   In this article, a different type of auction, the combinatorial clock auction, is explained. First, Johnathan Levin and Andrzej Skrazpacz, economics professors at Stanford University, examined spectrum auctions. Spectrum auctions are used when a source, usually the government, auctions the rights to transmit signals over specific bands of the electromagnetic spectrum and to […]

Game Theory and Human Behavior

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/d2b3/69a4e2ee9fc434f1be72139581eef40c2ea4.pdf This article uses the concept of game theory to connect with human behavior. An interesting preface is this quote, “Moreover, because behavioral game-theoretic predictions can be systematically tested, the results can be replicated by different laboratories(Plott 1979; Smith 1982; Sally 1995). This turns social science into truescience.” It highlights a few salient factors that […]

The Disappearance of Braess’s Paradox

https://phys.org/news/2010-09-scientist-braess-paradox-high-traffic.html   At times it can be hard to link what we learn in Networks to how it could apply to a real life situation. However, Braess’s Paradox is an excellent illustration of how Networks, and the paths that we as people decide to go on can affect our everyday life. Now, although it is […]

Effect of Game Theory on Global Climate Change

We’ve been hearing about climate change and the need to take action in the news for decades now, but oddly, every year, our planet’s health seems to be going on a steeper decline. For us to stunt our planet’s increasingly urgent climate change, all nations across the globe need to take action, but it seems […]

Antibiotics and Game Theory

https://theconversation.com/antibiotics-why-asking-doctors-to-prescribe-fewer-is-futile-115886 Antibiotics have been used for many years to help alleviate bacterial infections. This article discusses the increasing problem of over-prescribing antibiotics in today’s society. Excessive use of antibiotics leads to the occurrence of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance causes antibiotics to become ineffective because a single bacterium could be immune and then multiply despite the […]

Social Network Between Sony and Disney’s Marvel Studios

In 2015, Sony and Disney’s Marvel Studios signed a five-movie deal outlining that Spider-Man would be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, recently, this past summer, it was announced that this deal would come to an end because Sony and Disney were unable to reach an agreement. During the original deal, the agreement was […]

Game Theory in Baseball: A 3-0 Count

Game Theory Applications in Baseball   Game theory is ever present in our daily lives and especially in games that we observe on a daily basis. This article discusses the applications of game theory in the game of baseball, and specifically in the case of a 3-0 count in an at bat. A 3-0 count […]

Waze and Braess’s Paradox

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2018-05-07/why-some-cities-have-had-enough-of-waze Anyone who commutes regularly via car knows the frustration and helplessness of being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Before the age of GPS systems in cars and on smartphones, there was nothing drivers could do to avoid a rush hour buildup unless they already knew an alternative route. Now, drivers turn to the crowdsourced GPS […]

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