Carl Bialik

Carl Bialik is an American journalist, who on February 6, 2017, was named Data Science Editor of Yelp, working on Yelpblog.[1][2] Prior to this, Bialik was known for his work for The Wall Street Journal's web site, and the paper itself. He is also a co-founder of the online-only Gelf Magazine.[3] In late 2013, Bialik was hired by Nate Silver at[4]


At, Bialik was the creator and writer of the weekly Numbers Guy[5] column, about the use and (particularly) misuse of numbers and statistics in the news and advocacy. It launched in early 2005.

He was also the co-writer on the Web site's blog-like Daily Fix[6] column, which bills itself as "a daily look at the best sportswriting on the Web."

His regular column at Gelf, which skews toward a meta-journalism focus but also includes many humorous, sports and political articles, was Blurb Racket, which pulls back the curtains on the critic quotes in movie and book advertisements, mainly by comparing them directly with the actual reviews they come from.

He is also the host of the tennis podcast "Thirty Love," in which he interviews various figures from the world of professional tennis including players, coaches, executives, and journalists. Bialik is also the recurring guest on the data-driven tennis podcast, "The Tennis Abstract Podcast."

He has also written for The Monitor (Uganda), Media Life Magazine, Yale Alumni Magazine, Arabies Trends, Sports Illustrated, The Yale Herald, Yale Scientific Magazine, CareerBuilder,, and has published 5 scientific papers as of 2013.[7]

At FiveThirtyEight Bialik wrote on a wide range of subjects, ranging from politics to economics to crime and to sports.


He is a graduate of Yale University and the Bronx High School of Science. He is a New York City native.[8]


  1. ^ Yelpblog, February 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Carl Bialik joins Yelp as New Data Science Editor," Yelpblog.
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  4. ^ Silver's FiveThirtyEight beefs up staffing, USA Today, November 19, 2013
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  7. ^ archive (Jan 2013)
  8. ^ Vanderkam, Laura (22 December 2008). "Carl Bialik: Striking a Blow for Mathematical Accuracy in the Media". Scientific American. Retrieved 15 August 2016.