The Numbers Man

Melissa Ann Pinney

Photo: Melissa Ann Pinney

Many of you probably guessed that I am a huge fan of Nate Silver’s election website, FiveThirtyEight.com. The latest issue of New York Magazine profiles its founder, Nate Silver. It is an interesting read. Silver was also one of the founders of the baseball projection outfit, Baseball Prospectus. They are the ones who predicted at the beginning of this season, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays would win 90 games. People thought this was ludicrous because they lost 96 last year. Well.., they won 97 this year. And now they will be appearing in the World Series for the first time.

Nate Silver’s projection model currently has Barack Obama winning the electoral college 344 to 194. We will see if his electoral projection skills match his baseball wits.

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