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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 03:56 PM
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12. If you want to really get wonky
Edited on Fri Oct-24-08 04:01 PM by pokerfan
Nate Silver is a total data geek, but he knows how to apply it to interesting topics. He proved that with Baseball Prospectus, which projects performance by players and teams, and he's striking out to do the same for election results. Silver's FiveThirtyEight grabs all the polls it can find, weighs them based on methodologies and past accuracy, projects data for regions where it can't find polls, then runs thousands of simulated elections to come up with a likely outcome. Silver's site currently has Obama walking away with it; if nothing else, it'll be interesting to see, come Election Day, how database projections fared with real people.

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