Skew-Adjusted Extremized-Mean: A Simple Method for Identifying and Learning From Contrarian Minorities in Groups of Forecasters
27 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2022
Date Written: January 8, 2022
Recent work in forecast aggregation has demonstrated that paying attention to contrarian minorities among larger groups of forecasters can improve aggregated probabilistic forecasts. In those papers, the minorities are identified using `meta-questions' that ask forecasters about their forecasting abilities or those of others. In the current paper, we explain how contrarian minorities can be identified without the meta-questions by inspecting the skewness of the distribution of the forecasts. Inspired by this observation, we introduce a new forecast aggregation tool called Skew-Adjusted Extremized-Mean and demonstrate its superior predictive power on a large set of geopolitical and general knowledge forecasting data.
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