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Baseball statistician Nate Silver suddenly became famous by writing articles for the New York Times – putting statistical models (like the models he used in baseball) to work predicting who’d win the Presidential Election.
Then, the other day in an interview, Mr. Silver was asked which he found most frustrating – analyzing sports or politics? He replied it wasn’t even close, that politics won hands down, then explained why: “Between the pundits and the partisans, you’re dealing with a lot of delusional people. And sports provides for much more frequent reality checks. If you were touting how awesome Notre Dame was, for example, you got very much slapped back to reality last night. In politics, you can go on being delusional for years at a time.”


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