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Political Polls—How Weighted Averaging Wins

Lecture no. 10 from the course: Big Data: How Data Analytics Is Transforming the World

Political Polls—How Weighted Averaging Wins

Taught by Professor Tim Chartier | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Mathematics Courses

Study the role of big data in predicting election results. Contrast the disastrous 1936 presidential poll by the Literary Digest with today’s impressively accurate aggregators of polls, such as statistician Nate Silver. Analyze what makes aggregation more effective than any single poll.


November 21, 2017