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Nate Silver is a statistician. On election day his blog Five Thirty Eight at The New York Times accounted for 20% of all the traffic at the newspaper. That’s because Nate Silver had been standing up for his statistical analysis of the voting trend numbers and predicting Obama’s win for days before election day.
Here’s What the New York Times’ Nate Silver Traffic Boom Looks Like dthin.gs/RSFgDG
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) November 7, 2012
Keep in mind we’re talking about a mathematician here. But his name was all over Twitter and the news because he knows how to crunch numbers.
Stats geek Nate Silver had the best night of anyone last night. A guide to America’s New Chief Math Wizard: gaw.kr/S4Swml
— Gawker (@Gawker) November 7, 2012
So here’s to Nate Silver. May his name become an inspiration to young people who are thinking about a career in some branch of mathematics.