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Nate Silver of FiveThirthyEigth…… will be featured at the New York Times…..

Congratulations to Nate!

He goes establishment……

He deserves it!

Damn….the numbers of hits at his site are gonna go off the chart!

Well……. with money he’s gonna get…..

He can get a dedicated server!


The New York Times said Thursday that it would begin hosting the popular blog FiveThirtyEight and make its founder, Nate Silver, a regular contributor to the newspaper and the Sunday magazine.

Mr. Silver, a statistical wizard, became a media star during the last presidential election season for his political projections based on dissections of polling data. He retains all rights to FiveThirtyEight and will continue to run it himself, but “under the banner and auspices of NYTimes.com,” The Times said in a news release.

The arrangement is similar to one The Times struck with the authors of the blog Freakonomics in 2007. The Freakonomics blog appears in the Opinion section of NYTimes.com. FiveThirtyEight content will be incorporated in the politics section of NYTimes.com.

Along with his contributions to the newspaper and The Times Magazine, Mr. Silver will also work with the journalists and software developers who create interactive graphics for NYTimes.com.

“Nate won considerable recognition during the 2008 presidential campaign for his timely and prescient reports on the electoral races and on public opinion,” Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement. “We look forward to his unique perspectives on statistics, covering a wide swath of issues relating to politics, culture and sports.”

Before making a name for himself with political calculations, Mr. Silver’s specialty was baseball statistics. In 2002 he sold a predictive system he had built, called Pecota, to Baseball Prospectus. He was a managing partner at Baseball Prospectus until he stepped down in March 2009.

By then, he had turned his attention primarily to politics. In the early months of the last presidential election, Mr. Silver was disenchanted with media coverage and analysis of the primary election polls, so he started dissecting the data in blog entries on the Web site Daily Kos. “I get as excited about polls as anyone; at the same time, I believe that people tend to misuse them, focusing more on the end numbers and not so much on the internals,” he wrote in a blog post in December 2007.


June 3, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , ,


  1. i tracked nate silver on fivethirtyeight.com all thru 2008 and for the most part he is good. blogging ceasar at election projection is great also.

    Comment by Terry Green | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. sometimes he gets lost in his own words though…..

    I’m happy for the guy!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 4, 2010 | Reply

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