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Nate Silver is a rock star in the world of statistics. Correctly forecasting how all 50 states — plus the District of Columbia — would vote in the 2012 U.S. presidential election can have that effect. So does inventing a system for predicting baseball players’ performance.

Watch the best-selling author of “The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t” shares his insights.

Silver, whose roles span blogger, consultant and analyst, will offer his views on modern prediction science and how he applies it across politics, science, sports and economics. He is a pioneer in the field of “data journalism” for his number-crunching at the FiveThirtyEight website. He will share his thoughts on subjects such as better data visualization and achieving more accurate predictions, and share approaches that include combining unique data sets with extensive historical data sets that span long time periods — whether those numbers track the speed of a fastball or the changes in the weather.

Nate Silver

Editor-in-chief of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight blog