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Lines Are (Sorta) More Efficient From the End

Danish researchers Trine Tornøe Platz and Lars Peter Østerdal have modeled a counterintuitive queueing system -- the last person to arrive is served first -- and found that it makes the entire process more efficient. The key is telling people that getting there earlier won't mean you're served earlier. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Sep 24, 2015 - 141 comments

The Price of Anarchy

Braess' paradox and the price of anarchy [PDF]: "We had three tunnels in the city and one needed to be shut down. Bizarrely, we found that car volumes dropped. ... We discovered it was a case of Braess' paradox, which says that by taking away space in an urban area you can actually increase the flow of traffic, and, by implication, by adding extra capacity to a road network you can reduce overall performance." [more inside]
posted by parudox on Dec 27, 2008 - 15 comments

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