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Nate Silver Blew It When He Missed Trump. Now He Really Needs to Get It Right.

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Nate Silver in 2012

Nate Silver in 2012.

Credit: Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

Nate Silver is on the downtown 1 train. Possibly because he looks like a (modestly) hip math teacher, and hardly looks up from his phone, he goes unrecognized until he reaches the PlayStation Theater in Times Square.

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Andrew Gronosky

The article was light on analysis or insight regarding the statistical methods Mr. Silver and his team are using. I'm not sure linking to short opinion pieces about US political culture is appropriate for the Association for Computing Machinery. Surely, ACM members who are interested in election coverage can get that from primary sources, such as the Washington Post. What is the connection between this article and ACM's mission?

CACM Administrator

Nate Silver uses computer-based statistical analysis that reflects the state of computing and the application of computational thinking in the discussion of topical events.

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