He Blinded Us With Science

via LA Weekly

Nate Silver

Being “America’s most popular statistician” sounds dubious, something like being “the smartest Jäger girl” or “the deepest Kardashian” — talk about damning with faint praise. But the odds have been in Nate Silver’s favor for quite some time. Although the Michigan native achieved mainstream acclaim in November 2008 by accurately predicting the presidential-election winner in 49 states, he’d previously applied his foresight to Major League Baseball with great success before getting Indiana wrong by a single percentage point.  (more  . . .)