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About the Scholar: Nabo Yu attended The Webb Schools in Claremont, California, in the United States.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the accuracy of tests was so variable that some countries chose not to use tests at all, but instead isolate symptomatic individuals. Pioneer scholar Nabo thought computer simulations could shed light on the effects of testing accuracy on the spread of the disease. His SIR model computational calculations confirm that higher testing accuracy can result in reduced disease spread, and show that even lower accuracy testing is useful in slowing the transmission rate. According to Nabo, the model “has possibly offered a basic method of determining acceptable levels of testing accuracy based on the level of social isolation.”
About the Scholar: Kevin Li grew up in the United States and attended Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois
The “efficient market theory” hypothesizes that professional investors at major financial institutions are less prone to make trades influenced by emotion than individual “noise traders” and retail investors. Kevin observes that the collapse of the tech bubble showed that this theory “became null and void during the bubble.” His paper identifies two major factors that hampered professionals from doing their job: the consistent overvaluation of potential earnings, failing to value stocks fairly; and the failure to rein in the volatility of trading. The conclusion is that market professionals acted from emotion, despite guidelines meant to prevent such behavior.
About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Yuwei is from Beijing, China, where she attended The High School Affiliated to Renmin University
“Composing machines” use algorithms and neural network structures to generate new combinations of words – and in some cases, poetry. Can machines be poets, Yuwei asks, or do they only imitate and rearrange human poetry? Yuwei’s paper re-examines our ideas about authorship, suggesting that human authors, too, merely imitate rather than create new ideas. Although Yuwei challenges the idea that humans are the only creative species, she maintains that only humans experience epiphany, a spontaneous and creative force that gives us an edge over machines.Yuwei warns that the ‘life’ we create through technology isn’t necessarily equal to our own.
About the Scholar: Tongxin Zhang grew up in China and attended WHBC of Wuhan Foreign Languages School in Wuhan, China
Income equality has a close correlation with social well-being, including higher life expectancy, lower crime rates, and a stable economy. Although most governments have instituted policies to lower income inequality, primarily through social spending to support the elderly, low-income households, and other vulnerable groups, income inequality continues to increase. Tongxin examines two developed economies, the US and the UK, to analyze which policies work best to reduce income inequality. He concludes that a combination of progressive taxes (those who earn more pay a higher percentage), sufficiently high government tax income, and sufficiently high targeted spending would be most effective.