A.J. Feather

Journalist, Developer

I'm a Missouri native currently seeking a dual masters in computer science and journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Every week I also host an awesome podcast called "Integrate" with my friend Mikah, which you can find at Integrate.FM.

Before moving to New York, I obtained undergraduate degrees in journalism and economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In Columbia, I hosted a weekly show called "Talking Politics" for KBIA, the local NPR member station and produced, wrote and anchored video for Newsy.com way too early in the morning.

There has never been a political column I did not enjoy reading or an Apple product I did not enjoy using.

Top 2 Sites for Data Analysis

1. Real Clear Politics

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.

2. FiveThirtyEight

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.

Paul Krugman has lost faith in the predictions.  This may be due to FiveThirtyEight’s prediction that Republicans will take the Senate. But don’t worry, Silver did an analysis of Krugman’s perception.