Nate Silver

Yes, President Obama won re-election in November. But another big winner this year was big data -- and its patron saint, Nate Silver.

Nate Silver
Nate Silver

President Obama may have won the 2012 election, but it was FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver who won the hearts of geeks everywhere -- at least those on the Democratic side of the aisle.

Even as most pundits predicted that the race between Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would be a photo-finish, Silver's algorithm-driven system of interpreting polls correctly predicted the winner in all 50 states, and narrowly missed being perfect in at the Senate level, not to mention having Obama comfortably ahead the whole way. Other poll aggregators correctly foresaw Obama's path to victory, but no one was more accurate across the board than Silver.

For more on this story, see Daniel Terdiman's story on Nate Silver and his numbers.

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