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FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver interviewed on The Daily Show

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New York Times FiveThirtyEight stat nerd blogger Nate Silver sat down Wednesday for an interview with Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show."

Silver, who made his way through Chicago while studying at the University of Chicago before bursting onto the scene as a political prognosticator, was on to tout his new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail - But Some Don't.

The portion of the episode that aired on TV:


In the second clip, Silver talks details on how campaigns delve into "data mining" to drill down to a deep level for who's in the voting pool and how best to target them. He also discusses his time and observations from the 2008 campaign when he was living in Chicago.


In the third installment, Stewart and Silver discuss the peculiar new wrinkle of presidential politics that is the focus on swing state minutiae. And, of course, poker:

Speaking of presidential politics, Barack Obama will be the guest on The Daily Show tonight, his sixth total appearance on the show and second as president.

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