[ugrads] [Mathclub-members] Fwd: Rare chance to see number-crunching forecaster Nate Silver

John Erickson john.erickson at iit.edu
Tue Apr 16 08:34:28 CDT 2013

Hi Math Club Members,

I received this email about Nate Silver the statistician who founded
FiveThirtyEight.com the website with the most accurate election predictions
during the last two election cycles. He will be giving a talk at Spertus
college which is down the street from us on Michigan avenue in the south

It should be of interest to anyone with an interest in statistics,
especially in their use in polling and prediction making. Anyway, he's yet
another example of a young person who became rich and famous because of his
knowledge of Math and Stats!

Please feel free to forward to anyone else who you think might be

prof e

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Brian Zimmerman <bzimmerman at spertus.edu>
Date: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM
Subject: Rare chance to see number-crunching forecaster Nate Silver
To: john.erickson at iit.edu

Dear Professor Erickson:

*On Sunday, May 19 at 2 pm, Chicago's Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning
and Leadership <http://www.spertus.edu> will be hosting a lecture by
statistician Nate Silver <http://www.spertus.edu/program-events/nate-silver>

In his lecture, titled *The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions
Fail – But Some Don’t*, Mr. Silver will discuss the influence of
statistical analysis on American politics and the art and science of
predicting the future. The program will be followed by a booksigning and
cocktail reception, during which attendants will be able to meet Mr.
Silver. This is a rare opportunity for you and your students to hear from
one of today’s foremost statisticians.

The 35-year-old Mr. Silver originally gained recognition by developing a
system for forecasting the performance of baseball players. The accuracy of
his predictions in the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional
elections won him followers, fans, and commendation. He was named one of
“The World’s 100 Most Influential People” by *Time *magazine and his blog,
FiveThirtyEight.com, is now published by *The New York Times*.

Individual tickets are $50 and $35. Group tickets (for groups of ten or
more) are available at a student price of $15 per person. These tickets are
limited and need to be purchased in advance. You can do so by contacting *Lisa
Del Sesto* at *312.322.1726 <callto:312.322.1726>*.

Full information about the program is below. We hope to see you there.


Brian Zimmerman


Brian Zimmerman
Marketing & Communications Associate
*Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
***610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-1901

Dynamic, Original, Thought-Provoking Speaker Series *continues*

Made possible with the support of the Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation
and other generous donors
     *Sunday, May 19 at 1 pm
*Booksigning and cocktail reception at 2 pm for all ticket

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some

*Nate Silver* is the number-crunching statistician behind
FiveThirtyEight.com, now licensed for publication by *
The New York Times*. The accuracy of his forecasts in
politics, sports, and more has won him followers, fans,
and commendation. Named one of “The World’s 100
Most Influential People” by *Time* magazine, he will speak
about forecasting and American politics and the art and
science of predicting the future.

Tickets $50 and $35. All seats reserved.
Buy Tickets Now!<https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=32358c916d128253f9fdf7bcb87e5e98>
Or call *312.322.1773 <callto:312.322.1773>*

 A limited number of $15 student tickets are available.
Phone purchase only. Valid student ID required at the door.


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