Conversations with Tyler: A Conversation with Nate Silver

Tyler Cowen explores the world of ideas in one-on-one dialogues with today’s top thinkers.

Feb 16, 2016
Founders Hall Auditorium Arlington Campus at George Mason University 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

Event Speakers

Tyler Cowen

Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University

Nate Silver

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of FiveThirtyEight

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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.