Thursday, April 25, 2013

Signal and Noise

The title of Silver’s book refers to a contrast that engineers draw between a transmitted signal and the background “noise” that interferes with the audience’s reception of that signal. “The signal is the truth,” Silver writes in his opening pages. “The noise is what distracts us from the truth.” Built as a series of case studies—some “hopeful examples”—rather than as a ground-up theoretical work, The Signal and the Noise seeks to show how we can improve at forecasting future events.

From City Journal: Read the rest of Adam White's article on the recent books by Nate Silver and Nassim Taleb..

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