Nate Silver, founder of, is my personal favorite statistician.  For one thing, I don't really enjoy doing statistics, so I appreciate that someone as smart as Nate Silver does statistics so that I don't have to.  For another thing, he uses statistics the way it was meant to be used--and his predictions have a very high level of accuracy.

He started out as a baseball statistician, predicting the careers of Major League Baseball players.  In 2007, he began running statistical analysis on the 2008 election, and he very accurately predicted the outcomes of that election year.

I bring him up today to share an article he wrote which uses statistics the way I use them in my daily life (and in the way I suspect you'd like to use them in yours).  Check out "How to Beat the Salad Bar"--his first article in a series sharing ways to use statistics to your advantage in your day-to-day life.