(Hungry Jack @ Nov. 07 2012, 2:34 pm)
I don't know a lot about Silver, but he was among the few geniuses who helped usher in sabermatrics as a tool for managing baseball clubs, completely threatening the "old guard" culture of scouting and other subjective evaluation of talent. This is well described in Michael Lewis' Moneyball, a highly entertaining read. Silver's PECOTA system is a performance forecasting tool that takes into account statistical performance, age, injury, and other measurable factors.
Silver's decision to handicap elections is huge threat to a lot of highly paid blowhards on both sides of the spectrum. The world will be a better place with guys like him who can help separate fact from fiction.
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