Teaching Forecasting Without Teaching Methods
By Debra Leiter, University of Missouri-Kansas City
If there is one thing that the public wants political scientists to tell them, it is who is going to win the next election. Election forecasting has become a centerpiece of public engagement in the profession, and polling and other types of election coverage have become a big business. For all the attention paid to election forecasting by the media and the public, however, there is limited coverage of election forecasting in most political science classes. This is unsurprising, given that many election forecasts rely on complex statistical methods that are outside the scope of most undergraduate courses.
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