Watch this: Nate Silver talks election statistics, media flaws, and Texas Hold 'Em

Nate Silver Google Talk

Google has posted its latest Authors@Google talk featuring statistician Nate Silver, who discusses his book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't, with Google's chief economist Hal Varian. Silver talks about the recent DIY approach to data aggregation, and how news outlets' desire for exclusivity often prevents them from providing their readers with proper context and all the available data. He also likens the uncertainty of making predictionsespecially for electionsto playing poker or predicting a hurricane's path. To find out more about Silver's methods and how he plans to address the possibility that his highly credible predictions could, in fact, alter future events, watch the full talk below.

The Verge
Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.



Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.