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To a packed keynote audience at Gartner’s BI event in Grapevine, Texas, celebrated political prognosticator Nate Silver put his wide analytic expertise on display. Along with touching on the way Bayes and data models can – and can’t – impact natural disaster forecasts and chess mastery, Silver dropped plenty of tidbits about the practical strategy and application of analytics.

Here are half-dozen quotes and comments that Silver made during his Gartner keynote that are relevant to the enterprise analytics space.