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Just following the US elections. No matter the results, this will be considered as a histrorical night. Interesting to see the role of numbers. I am switching between CNN and Dutch television. The way CNN is presenting numbers is really interesting: analysts manipulate touch screens and browse in interactive number charts. Even more interesting is their comments. It is becoming very clear that interpreting numbers is not an exact science at all, but an art. It takes experience and gut feeling to get the numbers right. This has always been true. However, the ‘old’ technology forced the media to present quantitative data in a ‘fixed’ way, suggesting a rock solid character. The new technology with all of the browsing possibilities, make very clear how explorative quantitative analysis can be and how many factors can influence the end result.

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