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Nate Silver's Going to Disneyland
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Its all about the numbers
  • 7/30/2013 3:14:25 PM
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Entertainment has and always will be about the metrics, in the old days Nielsen ratings for TV shows today, tweets, followers and likes. It determines value and drives paychecks and worth in the industry as every celebrity knows. Bringing new analytics should only add more interest to the mix!

Re: Silver under scrutiny
  • 7/29/2013 12:36:55 AM
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Hospice, it goes without saying that it'll be a new challenge and that besides the handsome payday is most likely the appeal. I would notbet aagainst him. Would you?

Re: Silver under scrutiny
  • 7/28/2013 8:16:49 PM
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@rbaz,

He has the experience and the will to succeed in his new endeavors. However his new audience is different from what he used to. And he will probably have to learn "new" things in order to be confortable with his new tasks.

Re: Politics and Sports Don't Mix ( ? )
  • 7/28/2013 2:18:03 AM
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@WaqasAtaf      Good call.    ESPN will find some way to work this into their news arm.

Re: Politics and Sports Don't Mix ( ? )
  • 7/28/2013 1:18:59 AM
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Louis, I think ESPN is a channel part of a network of channels that has news channel in its group as well. Somehow link can be established between Nate's output on political stats to the news channel part of ESPN's group

Taking biasness into account
  • 7/28/2013 1:10:25 AM
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I believe biasness factor must be taken into account when developing analytics for a particular event that involves voting by masses. Public image, emotional attachment of public, relationship with industry peers and dressing sense they all contribute to ones' success in an event like Oscars.

Re: Silver under scrutiny
  • 7/27/2013 10:48:51 PM
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@Broadway, I see your point, but we are discussing assumptions as the details of their agreement is not known by us. Normally any and all fine points that can be conceived are covered in a contract of that magnitude. He was negotiating from a position of strength so ggiving him credit for being sharp, he protected himself in the terms. They will request but not demand.

Re: Silver under scrutiny
  • 7/27/2013 10:35:33 PM
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@rbaz, with a big payday comes big expectations and pressures. I do not know if I share your optimism.  Corporate media -- Disney media -- is an altogether different beast than the New York Times. I imagine with far less boundaries than he got used to at the NYT. Good luck to him, and may he walk away when they ask him to cross ethical, intellectual and moral boundaries he's not comfortable with.

Re: Predictions
  • 7/26/2013 11:35:53 PM
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@Noreen   Thanks for the link.

I really don't know how to take Nate's fore ray into Hollywood.  It really does seem like a waste of talent.

Sure he might just be doing it as one would play solitaire. Maybe the subject just doesn't matter - it is the practice that counts.

Re: Silver under scrutiny
  • 7/26/2013 11:29:31 PM
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@rbaz   I agree.  He is a sharp guy, he should be able to pave a new path for future analyst to follow.

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