November 5, 2012

How Accurate Are All Those Polls, Really?

Hank Campbell, Science 2.0

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Nate Silver, a sports statistician, made waves when he accurately projected the results of the presidential election in 2008.  So a few days go when he predicted that President Obama was 75% likely to win when polls only showed the candidates were about even, it set atwitter those people who think statistical models of polls are meaningful.  They were vindicated, the age of scientific projections had arrived, in a baseball cap.

They thought that because they don't understands polls or statistical models.

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TAGGED: Statistics, Politics, Polls


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