Nate Silver is a rock star in the world of statistics. Correctly forecasting how all 50 states — plus the District of Columbia — would vote in the 2012 U.S. presidential election can have that effect. So does inventing a system for predicting baseball players’ performance.

The best-selling author of “The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t” shares his insights in the closing keynote of the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, March 23, 3:00 - 4:00 pm PDT on PowerBI.com.

Silver, whose roles span blogger, consultant and analyst, will offer his views on modern prediction science and how he applies it across politics, science, sports and economics. He is a pioneer in the field of “data journalism” for his number-crunching at the FiveThirtyEight website. He will share his thoughts on subjects such as better data visualization and achieving more accurate predictions, and share approaches that include combining unique data sets with extensive historical data sets that span long time periods — whether those numbers track the speed of a fastball or the changes in the weather.

The Data Insights Summit is the first Power BI and Excel user conference. The free virtual event will stream live March 22-23 on PowerBI.com starting at 8:00 am PDT each day. Day 1 sessions include Your Path to Modern BI, Monitoring Your Business Using Power BI, and an Executive Panel. Day 2 offerings include Storytelling With Infographics and Creating Impactful Reports with Power BI Desktop.

Read more about Silver and see the complete summit schedule on the Power BI blog.