For John, BLUF: Nate Silver tries to get behind the data for the connections. Nothing to see here; just move along.
You may have heard the phrase the plural of anecdote is not data. It turns out that this is a misquote. The original aphorism, by the political scientist Ray Wolfinger, was just the opposite: The plural of anecdote is data.I found this above item in the intro to the new (renewed) blog FiveThirtyEight, "What the Fox Knows". FiveThirtyEight is the nom de guerre of Reporter and Statistician Nate Silver and he is back in business.
Regards — Cliff