Nate Silver

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Nate Silver

First appearance 477: Typewriter
Appearances 10
For a list of comics, see Comics featuring Nate Silver.

Nate Silver is an American statistician, writer, and poker player. He analyses baseball, basketball, and elections and is the founder and editor-in-chief of his blog FiveThirtyEight. The website focuses on opinion poll analysis, politics, economics, and sports blogging. He was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time in 2009 after an election forecasting system he developed successfully predicted the outcomes in forty-nine of the fifty states in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. His subsequent election forecasting systems predicted the outcome of the 2012 and 2020 presidential elections with a high degree of accuracy, and at the time gave presidential candidate Donald Trump the highest chance of success the day of the 2016 presidential election.

On xkcd, he and his blog have mainly been referenced in the title text and usually aren't the main joke.