FiveThirtyEight comes to the UK election

There are now several items about the forthcoming British general election on the American site FiveThirtyEight, which aggregates the results of opinion polls and discusses the statistical issues around them.  It’s an interesting illustration of how, with the help of the Internet, you can do something imaginative and interesting with data that’s in the public domain.  There’s a useful discussion in the comments on the latest blog entry about how margins of error   in opinion poll results are reported by the press.  Incidentally the name FiveThirtyEight comes from the number of seats in the electoral college that a US presidential candidate needs to win


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