Graduate Workshop in Computational Modeling
Homework Problem (2004)
Past homework problems: standing ovation (1995-97),
is that seat taken (1998),
you ought to be in pictures (1999),
cocktail party (2000),
deja vu (2001),
network news (2002),
Consider the following situation:
A group of, say, 20 bike riders are competing in a long road race. In any
pack of riders, the leader provides a big benefit to the other riders
in the pack, and also receives a slight advantage over riding alone.
Model, using whatever techniques you wish, the above scenario.
- Explicitly state your model and key assumptions.
- Summarize key results.
- Suggest some potentially interesting future directions and
questions for the model.
Suggest some standard social science scenarios that could be
usefully modeled using such a process.
Potential Solutions (to submit your solution, email them to
at the Graduate Workshop were given a very limited time
to complete their homework):
John H. Miller ,