Slashdot is reporting that superstar statistician Nate Silver has officially launched his own website (another WordPress blog) call fivethirtyeight.com. If you’re a fan of applied mathematics and/or infomatics or just really interested in the numbers behind the news, it is well worth your time. As Hugh Pickens said when referring the story to Slashdot:
After a parting of ways with the New York Times after calling 50 out of 50 states right in the 2012 elections, Nate Silver has relaunched FiveThirtyEight as a website dedicated to data journalism under the auspices of ESPN. Silver has expanded his staff from two full-time journalists to 20 and instead of focusing on politics exclusively FiveThirtyEight’s coverage will span five major subject areas — politics, economics, science, life and sports. According to Silver, his team has a broad set of skills and experience in methods that fall under the rubric of data journalism including statistical analysis, data visualization, computer programming and data-literate reporting. ‘One of our roles will be to critique incautious uses of statistics when they arise elsewhere in news coverage. At other times, we’ll explore ways that consumers can use data to their advantage and level the playing field against corporations and governments.’
Check it out. It’s good stuff. Numbers often reveal a truth otherwise unseen. I was so impressed, I’m considering adding a blogroll widget just to list the site.