Jon Stewart Bows Down to Nate Silver, 'Lord and God of Algorithms'

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Jon Stewart Bows Down to Nate Silver, 'Lord and God of Algorithms' Jon Stewart Bows Down to Nate Silver, 'Lord and God of Algorithms'
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Jon Stewart Bows Down to Nate Silver, 'Lord and God of Algorithms'

by Liz Dwyer

November 9, 2012

That moment we've all been waiting for, Jon Stewart's post-Election 2012 interview of Nate Silver happened on Wednesday night. Silver apologized for his one faulty prediction—he miscalled the North Dakota senate race—and Stewart expressed his relief that Silver's data-driven, fact-based approach to predicting the results otherwise proved accurate. If Silver's predictions hadn't proven true, "it would have been a defeat for arithmetic," Stewart quipped.

The duo goes on to discuss why exactly Silver's forecasts got it right when so many others predicted a Romney landslide, but one of the best parts starts at about the 5:30 mark when Stewart asks what we're all wondering, "Don't you want to stand up and go, 'I am Nate Silver. Bow down to me?"


 

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