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How to Judge a Dance Contest, Accurately

Last night, Nate Silver announced to readers that he would take advantage of a post-midterms lull in political news to explore issues in sports, culture and other subjects.

He didn’t wait long.

In a new post on ArtsBeat, Nate takes a critical look at “Dancing With the Stars.” In his view: “The controversy over the performance of Bristol Palin and her partner, Mark Ballas — who survived until the final week of the program in spite of frequently receiving among the lowest marks from the judges — has been too much about Tea Party politics and not enough about the show’s flawed scoring system.”