Speaking for most people, it is a relief that election ads are no longer on the airwaves. For many, election night is like watching a sporting event where we follow results, count red and blue states and, especially since 2000, electoral votes.
This year, “Big Data” got a piece of the national spotlight. You may have seen news reports focusing on Nate Silver that year, who runs the FiveThirtyEight blog. Prior to the election, Silver predicted that President Barak Obama would be re-elected. This attracted some criticisms from national commentators. The results of the election proved that Silver’s predictions – based on predictive mathematical models and careful data analysis – were accurate.