Clinton’s data-driven campaign relied heavily on an algorithm named Ada


Inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign, she was known as Ada. Like the candidate herself, she had a penchant for secrecy and a private server. As blame gets parceled out Wednesday for the Democrat’s stunning loss to Republican President-elect Donald Trump, Ada is likely to get a lot of second-guessing.

Ada is a complex computer algorithm that the campaign was prepared to publicly unveil after the election as its invisible guiding hand. Named for a female 19th-century mathematician — Ada, Countess of Lovelace — the algorithm was said to play a role in virtually every strategic decision Clinton aides made, including where and when to deploy the candidate and her battalion of surrogates and where to air television ads — as well as when it was safe to stay dark.

The campaign’s deployment of other resources — including  county-level campaign offices and the staging of high-profile concerts with stars like Jay Z and Beyoncé — was largely dependent on Ada’s work, as well.

While the Clinton campaign’s reliance on analytics became well known, the particulars of Ada’s work were kept under tight wraps, according to aides. The algorithm operated on a separate computer server than the rest of the Clinton operation as a security precaution, and only a few senior aides were able to access it.

According to aides, a raft of polling numbers, public and private, were fed into the algorithm, as well as ground-level voter data meticulously collected by the campaign. Once early voting began, those numbers were factored in, too.

What Ada did, based on all that data, aides said, was run 400,000 simulations a day of what the race against Trump might look like. A report that was spit out would give campaign manager Robby Mook and others a detailed picture of which battleground states were most likely to tip the race in one direction or another — and guide decisions about where to spend time and deploy resources.

The use of analytics by campaigns was hardly unprecedented. But Clinton aides were convinced their work, which was far more sophisticated than anything employed by President Obama or GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, gave them a big strategic advantage over Trump.

So where did Ada go wrong?

About some things, she was apparently right. Aides say Pennsylvania was pegged as an extremely important state early on, which explains why Clinton was such a frequent visitor and chose to hold her penultimate rally in Philadelphia on Monday night.

But it appears that the importance of other states Clinton would lose — including Michigan and Wisconsin — never became fully apparent or that it was too late once it did.

Clinton made several visits to Michigan during the general election, but it wasn’t until the final days that she, Obama and her husband made such a concerted effort.

As for Wisconsin: Clinton didn’t make any appearances there at all.

Like much of the political establishment Ada appeared to underestimate the power of rural voters in Rust Belt states.

Clearly, there were things neither she nor a human could foresee — like a pair of bombshell letters sent by the FBI about Clinton’s email server. But in coming days and weeks, expect a debate on how heavily campaigns should rely on data, particularly in a year like this one in which so many conventional rules of politics were cast aside.


sack ada they say..

“But it appears that the importance of other states Clinton would lose — including Michigan and Wisconsin — never became fully apparent or that it was too late once it did.”

oops..humans 1..robots 0..


~ by seeker401 on November 19, 2016.

9 Responses to “Clinton’s data-driven campaign relied heavily on an algorithm named Ada”

  1. She actually looks like Hilary’s double .

  2. Looks like they just knocked off another reporter

  3. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  4. 1 – found at: The Free Dictionary

    Ada [not an acronym] DoD Standard Computer Software Language named after Lady Ada Augusta Byron

    2 – Lady Ada Augusta Byron is also known as Ada Lovelace

    3 – In Wikipedia under Ada Lovelace in the section named ‘in popular culture’ it mentions that John Crowley wrote a book with her character in 2005. (Crowley – wonder if there is a relation here) Look at his other books, namely AEgypt. The third book in the four book series called AEgypt is called Daemonomania. It is a book about demons, astrology, and the darker side of people.

    Wikipedia quote on the book:
    “In The Village Voice, Elizabeth hand published an overview of the entire series, praising Daemonomania for its engagement of the darker aspects of the Renaissance, American spirituality, and Pierce’s sexual drives.”

    Crowley has received many awards globally, such as World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Satanism in 3 steps. Surely there was some helpful contribution of Ada’s work on computer math. Yet also this swirl around Ada and Crowley’s need to draw attention to her (which he is into the occult) may not be coincidental.

  5. I found a little more.

    I was searching in a book I found online on the occult, and it has all these symbols, what they mean, etc… ( The book is associated with Aleister (maybe he wrote it – I did not look for the author) I was searching for a link between John and Aleister Crowley other than shared last names when I came across this book. In the online book near the very beginning I saw this under a symbol:

    The Obsidian Mirror of John Dee and Edward Kelly

    John Dee and Edward Kelly are also historical fiction characters in Daemonomania (John Crowley’s book: see above).

    Wikipedia from the above link in the previous comment of mine:
    “…in the Renaissance following the historical fictional activities of John Dee, Edward Kelley and Giordano Bruno…”

  6. I click on “The Obsidian Mirro of John Dee and Edward Kelly” and find:

    “Using an obsidian mirror from Mexico, among other implements, John Dee and Edward Kelly developed the Enochian system of evocation.

    English alchemist, mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, philosopher and magician. Dee was the court astrologer to both Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I, and, according to legend, conjured a windstorm which resulted in the defeat of the invading Spanish Armada. Dee was the editor of the first English translation of Euclid’s “Elements.” Dee, along with Edward Kelly were responsible for the Enochian system of magical intercourse with a hierarchy of angelic beings, a system of great importance in the magical technology of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and of Aleister Crowley … Some believe Dee to be the true instigator of the Rosicrucian movement.”

    Queen Mary is also known as Bloody Mary. During the English Reformation she killed many people, which gave her the nickname, when she tried to bring Catholicism back to England. Queen Elizabeth took the method of the middle way that Anglicism is historically known for and though called herself a Protestant, was not seen as a reformer and clung to Catholicism. The middle way involved that she was more tolerant and did not kill like Queen Mary did, and she labeled herself Protestant though did not practice as one.

  7. Here is an example of signs from that occult book. We see these signs in the media often:

  8. One more (there are more there) that may be one of the most familiar to people:

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