1. 2016 Olympic medal count as a function of population and GDP

    While watching the Olympics this year I started wondering if the reason countries such as the USA and China are among the top medal earners was because of their sheer population. Assuming all other factors are negligible (which they probably aren't), it stands to reason that great athletes have a higher chance to be born in a highly populous country. A quick glance at the medal table shows that this cannot be the case, or Great Britain wouldn't have more medals than China. But let's see how far from the truth it is. Continue reading →

  2. Reddit's attention inequality

    Posts on Reddit can be upvoted or downvoted and comments can be placed. But how is this attention distributed? Does each post get their share, or does the top 1% get 99% of all the upvotes and comments? Continue reading →