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Entries from June 28th, 2012

The Supreme Court’s rightward turn

June 28th, 2012, 6:31am by Sam Wang

Today at 10:00am the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rules on the Affordable Care Act. Opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, maybe with Associate Justice Kennedy. Look for a 5-4 decision to overturn part/all, or a 6-3 decision to uphold (with CJ switching to maintain control). Update: upheld, 5-4. I misunderstood the advance word. Roberts wrote for the [...]

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“Forecasts,” snapshots, and predictions, 2012

June 27th, 2012, 2:51pm by Sam Wang

Over at Matt Dickinson’s Presidential Power, there’s a discussion between him, Nate Silver, and others. I weighed in on the confusion between poll snapshots (what all aggregators do, including Nate Silver’s “forecasts”) and true predictions (what political scientists do). Here’s part of what I wrote… Basically, I think the term “prediction” is used too loosely. I’ll [...]

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