A couple of days ago, I saw a tweet that linked to a TEDTalk from a few years ago. It was a TEDTalk from someone who I (and many others) hold in high regard: Nate Silver. Silver runs the FiveThirtyEight blog for the New York Times. He gained popularity in 2008 after he correctly predicted every US Senate race and just about all the electoral votes. He has a very sophisticated model that takes into account an assortment polls, along with economic data. He’s just come out with a book that I can’t wait to read. If you’re interested in statistics, prediction, or forecasting, I highly recommend it!
Anyways — today, I wanted to share the TEDTalk that I just watched. As the title of this post suggests, Silver is talking about how race affected voting in the 2008 election. Somewhat surprisingly, he also raises some possible solutions to these problems. I hope you’ll take 10 minutes and watch!