The Warwick Anuual Retreat Projects are back! The Warwick Anuual Retreat Projects, or WARPS as the cool crowd calls them, are study group style projects that we will work on during the retreat. The aim of these projects is to foster a collaborative atmosphere within the department, particularly between year groups. This format was debuted last year, and we hope that this year it will be as enjoyable and informative as the previous one.
If you wish to propose a project then please add a brief description of the problem you want to tackle, as a topic in the forum below. We hope that we can start a discussion on these problems before the retreat starts. Hence, others can express their interest and give comments on the projects. The deadline for project proposals is 7th April 2017.
If you like any of the proposed projects and want to join the group working on it, please specify your preference below, so we can allocate the project groups before the retreat starts. If you hate all of the projects below, then please propose one you like! This time we want to allocate projects before the start of the retreat so we allow for more time to work on the projects.
The problem of whether to vaccinate or not can be thought of as a game theory problem: choosing to vaccinate incurs some cost, but prevents an individual from becoming infected; however, due to herd immunity if enough other people vaccinate then an individual can reap the benefits of vaccination without actually vaccinating. My idea was to write down the vaccination problem as a game theory problem and investigate that on its own, or to tie it into an epidemic model. It might be nice to code it up and see what happens (maybe on a lattice?).
Very open to ideas and discussion before the retreat- I'll post updates as and when they come.