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Nate Silver: Two-Thirds of America’s Columnists Are ‘Worthless’

Nate Silver, the statistical analyst who revolutionized the political and sports forecasting worlds with his data-driven approach, recently spoke with TIME Magazine about his method of hiring for his new venture with ESPN. Silver told TIME that he applies his data-centric methodology to hiring as well as modeling, and noted that he has graphed the nation’s political commentators and created a special “crap quadrant” for the America’s “worthless” opinion writers.

Silver revealed that he has been manically focused on hiring for the new version of FiveThirtyEight, even spending as much as an estimated 90 percent of his time interviewing prospective candidates. “Silver judges potential employees by a set of coordinate axes he has saved on his computer,” TIME reported.

The graph consists of qualitative and quantitative evaluations of prospective candidates. “The bottom two quadrants belong to the dregs of American journalism: on the left, sportswriters who cherry-pick statistics without thinking through them, and on the right, op-ed columnists,” TIME revealed.

“That’s the crap quadrant,” Silver said. “Two-thirds of the op-ed columnists at America’s major newspapers are worthless.”

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