Thursday, June 3, 2010

Political polling site FiveThirtyEight to be absorbed into the New York Times; Nate Silver to become contributor

Congratulations to Nate Silver, his blog FiveThirtyEight will be hosted by the New York Times and Silver will become regular contributor to the newspaper and the Sunday magazine, the Times announced this morning.
“Nate won considerable recognition during the 2008 presidential campaign for his timely and prescient reports on the electoral races and on public opinion,” Bill Keller, executive editor of the Times, is quoted as stating by the Media Decoder blog.

Silver's fascination with baseball statistics was successfully translated to politics on his website. Silver sold his statistically based predictive system Pecota to Baseball Prospectus in 2002. Silver launched his blog FiveThirtyEight in early 2008 just in time to cover the end of the primary season and the general election of 2008.

"Although we have not settled on an exact date, the partnership will most likely launch officially in about 9 or 10 weeks -- that is, in very early August," Silver wrote on his website this morning in announcing the move.