Top 2 Sites for Data Analysis
Real Clear Politics (RCP) is the poll-watcher’s go-to website. They keep running averages of (almost) every race in the country, the President’s job approval, the generic party ballot, etc. They create their own average of polls to find what they believe to be an accurate depiction of public perception, and normally, it is. Though Nate Silver did a better job predicting the final results in 2012 by creating his own average of state polls, RCP is extremely transparent in how they calculate their findings.
There are few sites that produce and deliver content as fairly and concisely as RCP. There are few (if any) other sites that will list Paul Krugman and Brent Budowsky columns in the same list as Michael Barone and Charles Krauthammer.
Formerly a New York Times property, FiveThirtyEight has become synonymous with data science. Ever since Nate Silver made everyone look silly with his 2012 Presidential Election Prediction on the New York Times’ Blog.
For this year’s NCAA Bracket Challenge at work, I used FiveThirtyEight’s tournament predictions. It worked out pretty well. I didn’t win, but I finished in the top 5. But I suppose that’s how statistics work. It also doesn’t help that the championship game included two underdogs. Then again, that’s how statistics work when they attempt to predict the outcome of a single-elimination tournament.