Moving slightly off topic this time, I’ve been fascinated by the importance good math has played in the 2012 US Presidential election. A few links:
- Why Romney Never Saw It Coming – Because of the data it had ready, the Obama campaign was just plain better prepared to win the swing states.
- Math Against Tyranny – A now-classic Discover magazine article on why the Electoral College actually gives individual voters more power.
- Number crunchers, ascendant and Nate Silver defines new wave in polling – Good statistical analysis made all the difference in who was expecting the results of the election.