How to Beat the House

Written by Stefan Ellenberger, Autumn 2018 There’s a saying in Las Vegas – the house always wins. This certainly sounds reasonable, as any house that didn’t always win would shutter their doors shortly after revealing to the gambling world that they had winnable games. Most people visiting casino know this, and will stay cautiously optimistic while…

Homophily within the social web

Written by Gediminas Borisas (gbo015) Take a minute to reflect on your friends. You and your friends have a lot of things in common which makes sense as to why you are friends in the first place. Those things could be unalterable like gender, nationality, ethnicity, or alterable like interests, appearance or political views. A presence…

Epidemier i sosiale nettverk

For å forstå spredning av epidemier i sosiale nettverk må vi være klar over at det avhenger både av hvordan individuelle noder i nettverket oppfører seg, men også av hvordan nettverket er strukturert(i hvilken grad nodene er koblet sammen via kanter, homophily etc). På grunn av allsidigheten nettverksteori gir har det blitt brukt til å…

Spillteori i bilkjøp

Hvis man en gang skal kjøpe seg en bil, så vil man selvfølgelig kjøpe bilen det stedet man får den til den beste prisen. Dette er det Bruce Bueno de Mesquita (2016, Big Think) har tenkt ut en god løsning på ved bruk av spillteori. Han mener at hvis du som kjøper, gjør hjemmeleksen og…

Consequences of homophily in online networks

Consider yourself and your closest group of friends. The chances are high that you and your friends are similar in several aspects; you share a common interest, you might be the same age, maybe you are coworkers, or maybe you live in the same city. This is an essential principle in social networking theory called…