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With Friends Like These

On average your friends tend to have more friends than you do, for reasons described as the Friendship Paradox. As briefly mentioned by our guest speaker, a case of sampling bias occurs when thinking about one’s group of friends. The more friends someone has, the more likely it is that person will be included in […]

Exploring complex networks

https://www.nature.com/articles/35065725 This article discusses some ways to reason about the overall structure of networks, and why this type of reasoning can be so important. It highlights the way these networks form a link between different fields of science that are seemingly unrelated – from dynamical physics, to power grids, to food webs, and many others. […]

Facebook Hiding “Likes” on Social Media

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/technology/facebook-hidden-likes.html In “Facebook Tests Hiding ‘Likes’ on Social Media Posts Image,” Facebook is changing their functionality of like, comment, view, and etc. In today’s society, for the people who use social media, users regard “Likes as a status symbol. More Likes on a social media post meant it was popular, engaging, and worthwhile.” To be […]

Detecting fake news in social networks through crowd signals

Link: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3188722 The propagation of social media ushered in an era where information and news could be disseminated almost instantly. While there are undoubtedly positive impacts from this, the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is an illustration of the weaponization of fake news. In this academic journal, the researchers sought to utilize crowd signals (Facebook’s implementation […]

Game Theory Predicts Serious Obstacles to Climate Agreement

Game theory analysis, conducted by Professor Oleg Smirnov of Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has shown that the renewal of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is largely dependent on the actions that China, India, and other developing countries will choose to take. In the modeling of this “game”, the countries involved […]

Facebook being Weaponized

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/technology/myanmar-facebook-genocide.html Facebook has become one of the biggest platforms for political propaganda and misinformation today. The biggest example today of the dangers of this is Myanmar. Facebook is so popular in Myanmar, many people think of it synonymous with the internet. The Myanmar military took advantage of this to launch a mass fake news campaign […]

How We Can Leverage Social Networks, Tech to Help Homeless Young

How We Can Leverage Social Networks, Tech to Help Homeless Young This article explains how social relationships apply to the homeless. Rather than homelessness being solely an economic problem, Barman-Adhikari believes it is also a social problem, or a “poverty of relationships.” Therefore, aside from offering homeless people housing, food, and economic leverage, this researcher […]

New York MTA and Network Traffic

Recently, the New York MTA unveiled a $51.5 billion dollar infrastructure plan, hoping to alleviate congestion in the crowded urban space. The plan will be expected to take place during the years 2020-2024. A substantial chunk of this massively-funded project is allocated for the subway system, but it also calls for improvements in public buses, […]

Use of Drug Interaction Networks for Drug Repositioning

The knowledge of the exact mechanism behind the action of many pharmaceutical ingredients is often limited. If we don’t know quite how a drug works, it can be hard to predict what else it might be useful for. A drug can be approved for one use, but it may turn out to be incredibly useful […]

The Lantern

In a sort of elaboration of Zachary’s Karate Club, networks are constructed and analyzed by Paul Privateer’s software tool in an effort to undermine violence in schools: https://www.elastic.co/blog/behavior-correlation-using-elasticsearch-cause-award-honoree-noschoolviolence  This tool is called The Lantern, a tool to help analyze school networks for observable patterns. These patterns involve data about grades, school records, and sudden social […]

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