Cheer Up Charlies
"...Obama wasn't 2008's only breakout star: Nate Silver, a baseball statistician with a predilection for politics parlayed his number-crunching acumen into one of the election's most closely watched blogs, FiveThirtyEight.com. Outflanking pollsters through the primary elections, he accurately predicted 49 of 50 states on election night..."
"...FiveThirtyEight.com's new interactive page, "Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?," promises to match the bereft fan with a team that matches their predilections: underdog, attacking team, etc. That sounded like fun, until it matched me up with Spain, and then Sweden when I tried again with slightly different answers..."
"...Of course, the grandest dramatic irony of this all may be that, according to Andrew Gelman's analysis over at FiveThirtyEight.com, Brown's voting record in the Massachusetts legislature puts him on the left wing of the Republican Party. Wonder how long it will be before he gets called a RINO by one of his new workmates? After all, Republican pundits are arguing that very point right now...."
"...Among the panelists already confirmed for the three-day run are Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons; resident stat geek Nate Silver, whose massively influential FiveThirtyEight.com recently got purchased outright by ESPN, which also owns Grantland; and Peter Guber, who co-owns the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and also serves as chairman of Mandalay Sports Media, an enormous company that oversees certain degrees of content development for AOL, ESPN, Turner Sports, and the NBA, among other outlets...."
"...Fivethirtyeight.com: 351 / 187 / 0*..."
"...This notion fascinated Nate Silver over at FiveThirtyEight.com – a blog that made a name for itself by analyzing polling data leading up to the 2008 presidential election – so this morning, he conjectures how such a division would impact the presidential and congressional races...."
"...Silver (read Wells Dunbar's interview with him here) delivered the SXSW Interactive keynote address on Sunday. He's revered amongst election wonks because of his number-crunching website fivethirtyeight.com..."
"...The “District Snapshots” rely upon the analytical web site FiveThirtyEight.com (contributions drawn from Cook Political Report, Inside Elections, and Sabato’s Crystal Ball) as of Oct. 1, 2018..."
"...According to FiveThirtyEight.com, a 1969 track called "Amen, Brother" by the Winstons is the most sampled track in history. By its count, more than 2,000 songs have sampled a particular drum beat from it...."
"...In the spirit of the season, I'm giving thanks for Nate Silver, the statistics guru of FiveThirtyEight.com, who posted a helpful piece Monday headlined, "Dear Media, Stop Freaking Out About Donald Trump's Polls." Silver was a New York Times voice of sanity throughout the 2012 campaign season, following the actual presidential campaign dynamics instead of the clickbait Frenzy of the Day. Responding to the current centrist media anxiety that "President Trump" is a real possibility (Stephen Colbert had a funny bit choking on the phrase), Silver pointed out that Trump's actual chances of winning are really quite slim...."
"...ever. Bennett joins Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons and FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver as the the third featured speaker to be employed by ESPN...."
"...One last look at the Election Eve predictions of various news sources and pollsters as to how the Electoral College vote may go (270 votes needed to win the presidency): electoral-vote.com Obama: 311 McCain: 132 toss-ups: 95 CNN Obama: 291 McCain: 157 toss-ups: 90 fivethirtyeight.com Obama: 346.5 McCain: 191.5 toss-ups: N/A New York Times Obama: 291 McCain: 163 toss-ups: 84 National Public Radio Obama: 291 McCain: 247 toss-ups: 0 Pollster.com Obama: 311 McCain: 142 toss-ups: 85 Real Clear Politics Obama: 278 McCain: 132 toss-ups: 128 Rasmussen Reports Obama: 260 McCain: 160 toss-ups: 118..."
"...FiveThirtyEight.com's Nate Silver (The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't), that forecasting machine and, judging by my Facebook feed, something of a nerd-heartthrob, too;..."