Dear Nate Silver: Hire Better Editors

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto is a policy analyst and part-time dungeon master. When not talking endlessly about matters of public policy, he is a dungeon master on the NWN World of Avlis

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  1. Avatar Chris says:

    Wait, he compare t-values (which he put in quotes) to determine which was a “better predictor”?Report

  2. Avatar trizzlor says:

    Yeah I don’t get it. Why not just show the step-wise R^2? Then we’d also have an idea of how meaningful the model is overall.Report

  3. Avatar zic says:

    I’m disappointed with fivethirtyeight thus far. Little in it holds up to the excellent writing in Silver’s book or his writing at the NYT; and much feels so factoid and separate from human stuff as to be bone dry dry dry.

    But Ezra Kline’s Vox has been a joy to watch. I’m particularly fond of the whole ‘card’ notion — that you can keep building on a story in this way, making the older info readily available so that the whole thing is part of a whole, is a beautiful thing.Report

    • Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto in reply to zic says:

      If it was even factoid based I’d be less critical. This isn’t factoids or dryness, this is INNUMERATE factoids.

      Nate Silver promised us Bill James crossed with Edward R. Murrow. He gave us Skip Bayless crossed with Dan Brown numerology.Report

  4. He was drafted by the Browns. There are few better predictors of future failure (drafted by the Raiders being one).Report

  5. Avatar Patrick says:

    Man, that’s terrible.Report

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