Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com continues to worry David Johnson and Strategic Vision like a terrier with a chew toy.
After the American Association for Public Opinion Research censured Strategic Vision last week for his refusal to disclose his methodology, Silver ran several years of SV poll results through a randomization test, and declared the results to be suspicious — though not definitive.
In a weekend post, Johnson rejected the suggestion that his numbers might be fake, termed Silver’s comments a matter of libel, and promised legal action. He also promised to release crosstabs with all future polling.
But Silver wants more, and is willing to pay to get it – to a bona fide charity.
Here’s what he posted late last night:
Subject: couple questions
From: Nate Silver
I’m writing you for two reasons.
Firstly, I wanted to make sure that you had some decent contact information for me. Was really looking forward to the lawsuit and figured you might be having trouble getting in touch. I’m at this e-mail address — firstname.lastname@example.org, or at xxx-xxx-xxxx.
Secondly, I wanted to provide you an opportunity to clear the air about one singular fact. What call center(s) have you used to conduct your public-facing polling? For every call center that you’re willing to publicly disclose, up to a maximum of 5, I will donate $538 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (http://www.choa.org/).
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