Conversations with Tyler: A Conversation with Nate Silver
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Nate Silver, today’s most influential statistician and founder of the award-winning data website FiveThirtyEight, will join Tyler Cowen for a wide-ranging, intellectual dialogue as part of the Conversations with Tyler series. More than 100,000 people viewed the first two Conversations, with entrepreneur Peter Thiel and economist Jeffrey Sachs.
Silver has been named one of the “World’s Most Influential People” by Time for his entrepreneurship in data journalism and astoundingly accurate method of predicting elections. Silver first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential winner in 49 states. In 2012, he predicted all 50 states.
Silver’s accomplishments in data analysis go beyond elections. A polymath, his interests vary from economics to sports to poker. Prior to FiveThirtyEight, he established his credentials as a baseball statistician and writer for Baseball Prospectus. Silver developed a widely acclaimed system called PECOTA, which forecasts the performance and career development of Major League Baseball players.
His book, The Signal and The Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t, is a New York Times bestseller and among the Wall Street Journal’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2012.
About Tyler Cowen
Cowen is a world-renowned professor of economics, co-author of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution, co-founder of the award-winning online educational platform Marginal Revolution University, and chairman of the Board at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Bloomberg Businessweek profiled Cowen as “America’s Hottest Economist,” Foreign Policy named Cowen as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and an Economist survey counted Cowen as one of the most influential economists of the last decade.
About the Conversations with Tyler Event Series
The Mercatus Center's Conversations with Tyler series brings world-class thought leaders to the Arlington campus of George Mason University to discuss how ideas, cutting-edge research, and applied economics can bring solutions to society’s most pressing problems.