Nathaniel Read Silver is an American statistician and writer who analyzes baseball and elections. Silver is the founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight and a Special Correspondent for ABC News. Silver first gained public recognition for developing PECOTA, a system for forecasting the performance and career development of Major League Baseball players. His book, The Signal and the Noise, was published in September 2012.
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Nathaniel Read Silver is an American statistician and writer who analyzes baseball and elections. Silver is the founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight and a Special Correspondent for ABC News. Silver first gained public recognition for developing PECOTA, a system for forecasting the performance and career development of Major League Baseball players. Silver was named one of The World’s 100 Most Influential People by Time in 2009 after an election forecasting system he developed successfully predicted the outcomes in 49 of the 50 states in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. In July 2013, Silver sold FiveThirty eight to ESPN, and Silver became its Editor in Chief. Silver’s book, The Signal and the Noise, was published in September 2012. It subsequently reached The New York Times best seller list for nonfiction, and was named by Amazon. com as the No. 1 best nonfiction book of 2012. Silver has described himself as \”half-Jewish\”. Silver showed a proficiency in math from a young age. He was born in East Lansing, Michigan, the son of Sally, a community activist, and Brian David Silver, a former chair of the political science department at Michigan State University. His mother’s family, of English and German descent, includes several distinguished men and women, including his maternal great-grandfather, Harmon Lewis, who was president of the Alcoa Steamship Company, Inc. Silver quit his job as a transfer pricing consultant with KPMG in April 2004 and for time earned his living by playing online poker.
He applied sabermetric techniques to a broad range of topics including the performance of individual players, the economics of baseball, and the valuation of players. Between 2003 and 2009, Silver co-authored the annual book, How the Red Game Game: How the Boston Red Sox Minds Mind the Game, as well as other books, including How The Red Game Mind the Red Sox Think: How The Boston Red Red Sox Man Mind The Game Mind The Red Sox Play The Game. In April 2004, Silver became a writer for Baseball Prospectus, which he sold to BP in return for a partnership interest. After resigning from BP in 2004, he took the position of Executive-President of BP, later renamed BP-GGG. In 2009, he became the Managing Partner of BP. He wrote a weekly column under the heading ” Damned Lies” for BP, under which he wrote a number of articles on baseball and other topics. In 2010, the FiveThirtyeight blog was licensed for publication by TheNew York Times. In 2012 and 2013, fiveThirtyEight won Webby Awards as the \”Best Political Blog\” from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. In 2020, FiveThirty Eight correctly predicted Joe Biden’s victory in the election, forecasting 48 out of 50 states correctly. Silver has said that his biggest regret in life is spending four years of his life at a job he didn’t like, and that he would rather have been working for a company he loved.