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Could Labour Win? Condorcet Loser in UK Election

A recent YouGov poll last week, Tuesday 30 May, provoked a discussion of a likely ‘hung parliament’ in the upcoming UK election. Voters are challenged, faced with many candidates across a spectrum of issues, as the old left-right dichotomy breaks down. In the literature on voting theory, there is a phenomenon called the Condorcet Loser. […]

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Who Buttoned My Waistcoat?

Who did button my waistcoat, a human or a sufficiently intelligent algorithm, (SIAL)? At Manchester and Smurfit business schools we explore the economics of the sharing economy from a game theory perspective. We have shared observations and experiences of online transactions. They represent data patterns that are embedded in the clicking and scrolling behaviour of […]

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Polar Bear & Seal Dilemma in the Apollonius Circle

Abstract Polar bears pursue seals. But polar bears cannot swim as well as seals. As the ice cap melts, there is less ice caps for the seals to rest. Both have to survive. With melting ice caps, the seal as victim should adapt to the same speed as the pursuer, the polar bear. In the […]

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The Dark Pool of Empty Markets

Many have commented that the job market has become an enigma over the past few years. The jobless rate is low, but pay has risen slowly. Are we[1] measuring pay imperfectly? Vacancies co-exist with unemployment and the old phenomenon of under-employment and the new challenge of a zero-hours contract have emerged to colour the landscape. […]

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Ode to Bob Dylan : A Poem to Irregular Hopes

Ode to Bob Dylan : A Poem to Irregular Hopes   Enjoining Austin Clarke and Dylan Thomas with Bob Dylan in a poetic ‘strange loop’ Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Our poets saw a […]

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