Decisions and influence
April 17th, 2007

Here is a concluding statement from a New York Times article running this week written by small-world network theory co-discoverer Duncan J. Watts:

But just because we now know that something happened doesn’t imply that we could have known it was going to happen at the time, even in principle, because at the time, it wasn’t necessarily going to happen at all.

The article and the click through to Dr. Watts’ Music Lab project at Columbia University, where he is a professor, are intriguing looks at the influence of opinion on decision. Or is it the wisdom of crowds?

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