Skip to Content

Category: Nate Silver

I'm apparently not the only one to take a shot at Nate Silver's new news site. He's taking hits from all over.

Tabitha M. Powledge at On Science Blogs...

I'm apparently not the only one to take a shot at Nate Silver's new news site. He's taking hits from all over.

Tabitha M. Powledge at On Science Blogs wraps up much of the coverage--all of it negative, as far as I can tell. The principal line of attack is not a subtle one: Silver's new data journalism site lacks, uh, how should I put this...

Data.

Powledge quotes various commentators who have said that, and she also raises questions about some of the people Silver has chosen to cover science. Roger Pielke, Jr. and Emily Oster are idiosyncratic choices, to say the least.

Powledge thinks Silver will get better, because it always takes time for startups to find their footing.

...

Nate Silver's fivethirtyeight.com relaunched yesterday at its new home--ESPN--vowing to focus its coverage on five areas: politics, economics, life, sports--and science.

The inclusion of science was a surprise to me. And possibly a mistake, unless FiveThirtyEight can...

Nate Silver's fivethirtyeight.com relaunched yesterday at its new home--ESPN--vowing to focus its coverage on five areas: politics, economics, life, sports--and science.

The inclusion of science was a surprise to me. And possibly a mistake, unless FiveThirtyEight can quickly improve the quality of the "science" it's publishing. The lead story on the relaunched site's first day--"Finally, a Formula for Decoding Health News"--was abysmal.

Silver's most famous achievement was calling 50 states correctly in the 2012 presidential election. But in a manifesto entitled What the Fox Knows, Silver says some others did nearly as well, and that his election forecasts "didn’t represent the totality, or even the most important part, of our journalism at FiveThirtyEight. We also covered topics ranging from the...

So now we have a new, and scary, experiment from Nate Silver.

Silver is the mathematician and pollster whose genius at applying numbers to the news produced a great moment in American journalism during the 2012 elections, when he showed news pundits to be completely without credibility.  He of course...

So now we have a new, and scary, experiment from Nate Silver.

Silver is the mathematician and pollster whose genius at applying numbers to the news produced a great moment in American journalism during the 2012 elections, when he showed news pundits to be completely without credibility.  He of course had been doing that for some time in other realms, but to stand on the hill of The New York Times, to make strong assertions about the outcome of an election beforehand against all the shouters, and to be proved right—there never was such a moment, as far as I know.

He started by using his mathematics with baseball. At the Times he extended it into politics, quickly becoming the dominant voice in the analysis of electoral politics.

This is a great force for change in journalism: proving that numbers matter. And that they can trump the pundits. Now, suddenly, Nate is taking us down a steep roller coaster slope that makes our stomachs drop...

The pre-eminent pollster and mathematician Nate Silver is leaving The New York Times for ESPN. His reasons are unclear, but the public editor at the...

The pre-eminent pollster and mathematician Nate Silver is leaving The New York Times for ESPN. His reasons are unclear, but the public editor at the Times, Margaret Sullivan, reports that Silver "went against the grain for some at the Times" and that when she wrote about him in her column, "three high-profile Times political journalists" criticized him and his work, and were tough on Sullivan "for seeming to endorse what he wrote, since I was suggesting that it get more visibility."

Sullivan wrote...

On Science Blogs begins this week with Tabitha M. Powledge's one-word analysis of the election: "Whew!"

She collects some good links on the Nate Silver phenonemon before moving...

On Science Blogs begins this week with Tabitha M. Powledge's one-word analysis of the election: "Whew!"

She collects some good links on the Nate Silver phenonemon before moving on to the prognosis for Obamacare and the odds that climate change will move to a more important role in Obama's second term.

It's hard to know for sure; perhaps we should ask Silver.

-Paul Raeburn

I feel sorry for Dylan Byers, a media blogger at Politico, and, from what I read, an entertaining and competent writer.

I'm embarrassed for David...

I feel sorry for Dylan Byers, a media blogger at Politico, and, from what I read, an entertaining and competent writer.

I'm embarrassed for David Brooks, a conservative columnist at The New York Times and a smart guy who writes about human nature in addition to politics.

As for Joe Scarborough, I'm always happy to catch a few minutes of his intelligent msnbc morning show, Morning Joe, when my kids aren't watching Phineas and Ferb. But I'm cringing at his remarks...