Professor And Students Use Analytics To Predict Election


    URBANA (WCCU)- A new website created by a University of Illinois professor and students is gaining the attention from people across the country.

    It showcases current election analytics and who they think will be our next president come November.

    This website was created in 2008 and different groups of students have come in finding new ways to improve it.

    The site showcases several features you can use to figure out one of the biggest questions right now.

    Who will be the next president of the United States?

    "As the data ages, we also in fact weight it differently and they could impact the results,” says Sheldon Jacobson, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois.

    Jacobson has been a computer science professor for 17 years now.

    He was a part of the creation of building this website.

    He says it's not rare to get contacted about the site, especially at this time.

    "We do get a great following, especially as we get closer and closer to the election, the ramp up is expediential in terms of the people who use the site,” explained Jacobson.

    How they gather their information is by using polling data from the web and calculating those numbers to get their results.

    "And the polling data comes in either likely votes or registered votes, it also comes in different sizes,” Jacobson says. “Some poles are only 500 people, some are 1,000 or 1, 200,"

    Muhammad Hosselini is a Ph.D. student at the engineering college.

    He's seen the website and believes the science behind it is impressive.

    "Pretty scientific to me, they are basing, like some statistical phasing approach,” Hosselini says.

    What Jacobson likes about this year's website is that it's user friendly and there's different aspects that viewers can choose from.

    "You can choose to include or exclude certain pollsters,” Jacobson explains.

    Hosselini says the recognition this website is receiving gives a boost to the college.

    "I think it can provide more reputation for our department and for our members who are involved developing this website,” Hosselini explains.

    Jacobson believes this benefits the students.

    "It gives them an opportunity to take the work that they learned in the classroom and transform it to a tool that literally hundreds of thousands of people will use,” Jacobson said.

    You can keep up with these polls and keep track on who has the lead by finding the link on our website at

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