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Assembling sandbags in Virginia Beach, Va., before Hurricane Florence’s arrival. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

How social networks can save lives when disasters strike

Many factors can influence people to evacuate or stay in place when disasters loom. Research using Facebook posts suggests that people with broad social networks are more apt to get moving.
Message from the Unseen World, an installation of a Turing-inspired algorithm reciting a poem. by Nick Drake. Roger Marks/Flickr

Digital public: looking at what algorithms actually do

Today's communications platforms and the algorithms that power them have led to a radical change in how public discourse is conducted and public opinion formed.
Eighteen survivors battled it out for their chance to claim the million dollar prize in the season finale of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. Here, a mathematician uses network science to predict the winner. (CBS)

Survivor: Mathematical predictions of the big win

Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers has its season finale this week. Here a mathematician predicts the winner based on a network science study.
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Rethinking ethics in social-network research

The term "social network" has become commonplace, but those who use it to designate Facebook or Instagram often ignore its origin and true meaning.

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