Sales of political statistician Nate Silver's book 'The Signal and the Noise' saw a surge of 850 percent – lifting it to No. 2 on Amazon – after Silver correctly predicted the 2012 election results.
President Barack Obama wasn’t the only person who won Tuesday night.
New York Times political statistician and FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver celebrated his own victory: successfully predicting essentially all 50 states correctly, then seeing sales of his recent book, “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don’t,” soar 850 percent on Amazon.
After climbing to No. 15 on Wednesday on Amazon.com, “The Signal and the Noise” rocketed to No. 2 after Silver correctly predicted the election results. The 544-page book published in September is second only to Jeff Kinney’s popular children’s book “The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book Seven).”
The victory is all the more significant considering Silver’s growing chorus of skeptics. Pundits like MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and the New York Times David Brooks were critical of Silver’s reliance on poll data, writes Politico. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein described Silver’s methodology as “little more than a sophisticated form of poll aggregation.”