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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

Radio America: advertising and revenues

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to Pew Research Center, over 90 percent of Americans aged 12 and older listened AM/FM radio in the week before they were surveyed in 2014. One of the most popular broadcast formats for American radio listeners remains news/talk/information. This format attracted about 11 percent of all adult listeners in 2014. The number of all-news radio stations declined slightly in 2014, dropping to a total of 31 stations according to Nielsen Media Research data. About 160 million American internet users listened to online radio at least once per month in 2014. The forecast expects this number to grow over the next few years, reaching 176.6 million digital listeners in 2016 and 181.2 million in 2017.

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The National Football League is an American treasure

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Since its formation in 1920, the National Football League (NFL) has gained massive popularity in the United States. The TV viewership of the Super Bowl, the annual game that determines the champion of the NFL, amounted to 114 million people in 2015. In 2014, Super Bowl XLVIII (featuring the Seattle Seahawks against Denver Broncos) was broadcast to 111 million people.

By the way, the average cost for a 30-second-advertisement was $4 million that year. Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 held the second-highest average cost for a 30-second advertisement at $4.5 million. The game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in February of 2016 (Super Bowl 50) holds the current record at a whopping cost of $5 million for a 30-second advertisement.

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The production of frozen yogurt and ice cream

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The sweetest part of the frozen foods industry is the frozen desserts category. The frozen desserts sector combines categories such as regular and low-fat ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbets and other frozen treats.

A popular favorite, frozen yogurt is a frozen, low-calorie dessert which is often served in a huge range of flavors. The production of this type of dessert is nothing but impressive in the United States. In 2010, more than 50 million gallons of frozen yogurt were produced; by 2011, the number increased to 62.7 million gallons. While this increase is impressive, the following two years were the real celebration for frozen yogurt lovers.

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American gambling industry

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Gambling is a popular and widely profitable industry in the United States. The heart of all casinos, the state of Nevada, produced more than $10.6 billion in revenue from gambling in 2014. According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, this was an increase from the $10.4 billion in 2013. In the fiscal years of 2012 and 2011, the revenues from gaming in Nevada were $10.28 billion and $10.17 billion respectively. In 2010, casinos in the state of Nevada generated about $9.91 billion dollars in revenue from gaming.

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Fists and money – participants and pay per view viewers of boxing

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In a previous article, we examined the history of boxing in the United States and gauged peoples’ interest in professional boxing. Now we can review the number of American viewers who watched professional boxing on pay-per-view TV from spring 2011 to spring 2015 using numbers from Statista.com.

The number of people who purchased pay-per-view boxing events in spring 2011 was greater than in autumn – 8.55 million people versus 8.53 million people. The largest number of people who watched pay-per-view pro boxing in recent years was registered in autumn 2012: over 11 million viewers. In comparison, there were only 9.82 million viewers in spring 2012. In 2013, there were more than 20 million viewers overall: 10.5 million in spring and 9.9 million in autumn. Quite similar numbers were documented in 2014 (10 million and 9.8 million viewers respectively). In spring 2015, around 8.47 million people watched boxing on pay-per-view.

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Boxing culture in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Since New York legalized boxing in 1896, it became one of the most popular sports in the United States. Due to a great number of immigrants arriving in the United States from all over the world, the country was home to one of the most exciting boxing platforms ever. A great constellation of talented boxers from Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, Scandinavia, Central and Western Europe became popular and well-recognized after arriving in America. In the beginning of the 20th century, boxing became not only one of the shortest paths to glory and financial wealth but also a way to avoid poverty and hunger and provide food for the fighters’ families. There was a time when Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis were national heroes and role models for entire generations.

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The numbers about people suffering from asthma

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to the statistics, over 230 million people worldwide suffer from asthma. The prevalence of asthma in the United States has steadily increased to its current level of 8.6 percent. In comparison, this rate was only 7.6 percent in 2001. The percentage of people diagnosed with asthma began to grow in 2013 (7.4 percent). In 2014 and 2015, the rates of people suffering from asthma were amounted to 7.9 percent and 8 percent accordingly.

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Internetification today

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Nowadays, technology and people are so strongly connected that you can hardly imagine life without it. The Internet became an important instrument for everyone and for everything, whether it is studying, working, entertainment or more. The number of computer users in the world, and America in particular, is growing at a quick rate, so let’s figure out who they actually are.

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A few numbers about alcohol consumption

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The average American citizen drinks about 8.6 liters of spirits per year. In 2013, 70 percent of adults reported that they drank alcohol in the past year and 56 percent reported that they drank in the past month. About 87 percent of adults said that they drank alcohol during their lifetime. The bitter flip side of alcohol consumption is alcoholism.

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Poverty problem in the USA

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The issue of poverty is a hot topic in almost every country of the world, and America is not an exception. According to Census data, the official poverty rate in the U.S. was 14.5 percent in 2013. The year before, more than 45 million people were living in poverty; this number was not significantly different in 2011. The number of children under 18 living in poverty fell to 19.9 percent in 2013 from 21.8 percent in 2012.

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