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What to ask Nate Silver at SXSW?


I’m interviewing Nate Silver, the polling wunderkind, at South by Southwest on Sunday. I put out the questions on Twitter about what I should ask him. Any ideas? I’ll put the Twitter responses below:

1. DannyOrtegon @stevebaker Q&A for Nate S.-Data from Blogs,Facebook, etc. are skyrocketing for "web-savvy".Impact from non-web savvy users?Is data skewed? 12:58 PM Mar 10th from web in reply to stevebaker

2. JMP_software @stevebaker To ask Nate Silver at SXSW: What do journalists or laymen often get wrong when using stats to support a point? 10:41 AM Mar 10th from web in reply to stevebaker

3. JMP_software@stevebaker You could ask Nate Silver what's the next sport ripe for influence by Numerati (other than baseball, basketball). 9:54 AM Mar 10th from web in reply to stevebaker

4. Scott Trantervlytics @stevebaker ask him if he thinks data analysis will replace the "gut instinct" and "experience" many campaign operatives trade on today? 9:52 AM Mar 10th from web in reply to stevebaker

5. Charlie O'Donnell ceonyc @stevebaker Ask him what "dream dataset" he wants to crunch. I want to see him get flight data to report % chance of delay/cancellation 8:34 AM Mar 10th from web in reply to stevebaker

6. Diane Hessan CommunispaceCEO @stevebaker Nate, what will be the impact of all of those buried Ortiz jerseys on the performance of the Yankees? 8:14 AM Mar 10th from TweetDeck in reply to stevebaker

7. Diane Hessan CommunispaceCEO @stevebaker Nate, did the 2008 season change your view about strikeouts being a good thing for young pitchers? 8:11 AM Mar 10th from TweetDeck in reply to stevebaker

8. Diane Hessan CommunispaceCEO @stevebaker Nate, has your experience with elections changed the way U make baseball predictions (formulas, etc.?) 8:08 AM Mar 10th from TweetDeck in reply to stevebaker

9. Adam Laiacano anotherfeed @stevebaker Can he find who uses steroids based on unusual patterns in their stats? Easy example: HR by year 20 21 19 22 38 45 43 44 46 7:50 AM Mar 10th from web in reply to stevebaker

10. Giuseppe Paleologo gappy3000 @stevebaker Steve, can you ask him what is the first book he ever read? (N.B.: this is gappy, Samer's friend from Math@IBMResearch) 7:30 AM Mar 10th from twhirl

11. Matt Dunn m_dunn @stevebaker ask nate to follow @jposnanski and ask how PECOTA has the kansas city royals faring this year. breakout yr 4 gordon or butler?7:03 AM Mar 10th from web in reply to stevebaker

12. Diane Hessan CommunispaceCEO @stevebaker I have questions! Will send in an hour when I am not driving. 7:00 AM Mar 10th from txt

13. Schleussgaufre @stevebaker are third parties ever a threat to the big 2? Does trend tracking ever scare the Rs, Ds? 2:58 PM Mar 9th from TwitterFon in reply to stevebaker

14. josh sternberg josh_sternberg @stevebaker How does(can?) he prepare for "Black Swans(or even perceived Black Swans)? re:baseball,does his analyses take away fun of game? 2:45 PM Mar 9th from web in reply to stevebaker

15. Shirley Brady shirleybrady @stevebaker My Q for Nate: R U on the block, website + personally (available & willing to relocate)? On behalf of my single pals! ;) 2:39 PM Mar 9th from web in reply to stevebaker

16. Shirley Brady shirleybrady @stevebaker is seeking Q's for onstage Q&A with Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com at #sxsw on Sunday (bg: http://is.gd/3Zts) 2:30 PM Mar 9th from web

17. Rob Skinner Rlskinner @stevebaker for Silver, "At the end of the day, can you credit baseball as the root of your path to Numerati status."

18. alexlcohen @stevebaker ask nate when mn recount will end and if it has changed way he views polls or public opinion 1:35 PM Mar 9th from mobile web

19. Hoovers hoovers @stevebaker For Nate Silver: how does he (or would he) things that don't tap large pools of publicly available numbers? 1:25 PM Mar 9th from TweetDeck in reply to stevebaker


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