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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.

Art museums in the U.S.

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Residents of the United States love museums. According to information published by the U.S. government in August of 2016, there are upwards of 35,000 museums in America; in comparison, there are about 13,000 Starbucks across the country. We can define museums as typically permanent (though occasionally temporary) places where members of the public can view objects of significance from a variety of disciplines, such as historical, cultural, artistic or even scientific artifacts.

The most-visited (and possibly the best, according to many critics) museum in the United States is the Metropolitan Museum of Art (“the Met”). Every year the number of visitors increases, as we can see in the chart below. In 2010, approximately 5.22 million people visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while in 2011 the number of visitors increased to 6 million people. In 2012, about 6.12 million people visited the Met.

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Largest stock exchange operators by market capitalization

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The financial market is a broad term defining any marketplace where trading of securities such as bonds, equities, currencies and derivatives occurs. In the United States, financial markets consist of many separate markets for diverse products offered across a range of trading platforms and exchanges. The financial markets facilitate a number of components essential to the workings of a market economy (an economy which heavily relies on interactions between buyers and sellers for the allocation of resources).

The stock market plays a major role in the financial market. Probably one of the most famous and well-known stock exchanges in the world is the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, it is by far the largest stock exchange on the planet.

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PepsiCo as one of the leading beverage companies in the world

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

This article is dedicated to all the people who prefer Pepsi instead of Coca Cola, because in this post we’re going to focus on PepsiCo, Inc. PepsiCo is an American multinational snack, food and beverage corporation founded in 1965 and headquartered in Purchase, New York (Sometimes I think that all of the best things in the world come from New York!). The company has interests in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of grain-based snack foods, beverages and many other products.

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Public opinion on the death penalty

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

As of May 2017, capital punishment is legal in 31 U.S. states. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, 20 people were executed in the United States in 2016, the lowest number since 1991. Georgia saw the highest number of executions in 2016 — nine cases, according to the information published at Statista.com.

In 2016, seven people were executed in Texas, while two people were executed in Alabama. Both Missouri and Florida only had one execution.

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The problems and financial situation of small businesses in the U.S.

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to a survey on small business owners’ assessments of their company’s current financial situation in the United States, in the first quarter of 2017, about 71 percent of small business representatives stated their business was in a good or better financial situation. At the same time, around 17 percent of small business owners said that their business was in a “neither good nor poor” financial situation, while the percentage of the small business representatives who stated that their financial situation was poor or even very poor amounted to 11 percent.

Just to compare, in the fourth quarter of 2016, about 15 percent of small business owners said that their financial situation was poor or very poor. The rate of owners who stated that their business was in neither a good nor poor financial situation amounted to 18 percent. About 66 percent of the surveyed owners said their business was in a good or better financial situation.

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Country of smokers: tobacco production and popular brands

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Despite the fact that tobacco use costs the country billions of dollars in medical expenses annually, the United States continues to be a leading producer of tobacco leaves, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. is the fourth-largest tobacco-producing country in the world, following China, India and Brazil.

In 2012, 19 states produced tobacco, with Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina producing nearly 80 percent of the country’s total. In 2015, North Carolina produced about 375,850 thousand pounds of tobacco. The state’s production was even greater in 2014: 453,860 thousand pounds. In Kentucky, about 149,830 thousand pounds of tobacco were produced in 2015, compared to 214,280 thousand pounds in 2014.

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Popular New Year’s resolutions

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

New Year’s is one of the most celebrated days in the world. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, full of gifts and long-awaited surprises for those kids who didn’t misbehave.

According to a survey among young adults (published at Statista.com) in 2015, about 72 percent of respondents said that they typically spent New Year’s Eve at home. Slightly above 20 percent stated they were guests at someone else’s home on New Year’s Eve, and about 10 percent celebrated in a restaurant, bar or club.

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Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Some people believe in Santa Claus, and some people don’t. According to a survey conducted in the U.S. in November 2016, 49 percent of people said they firmly believe in Santa Claus. During the survey, 50 percent of respondents said Santa Claus is not real, while 9 percent of people were unsure about his existence.

If we break it down by age group, 28 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 said they firmly believe in Santa; about 64 percent of respondents in the same age group said that Santa Claus is not real. Thirty-five percent of people between 30 and 44 years old firmly believed in Santa Claus in 2016, while 55 percent of people in this group said they didn’t believe. Around 11 percent of similarly-aged people were not sure about the question.

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The most popular luxury cars in the country

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In this post, we’ll explore the data on luxury car sales, finding which markets are the largest in the world and the most popular manufacturers. The forecast suggests that manufacturers will sell approximately 2.42 million luxury automobiles in 2020. This number is the second largest in the world, second only to China, which is expected to sell 3.1 million premium vehicles. Germany comes in third with an expected sales volume of 1.11 million premium automobiles.

According to information published by GoodCarBadCar.net, the most popular luxury car in the United States in 2016 is made in Germany — Mercedes-Benz topped the list with a 16.4 percent market share. As you can see on the graph below, Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus came in a close second with a 16 percent market share. BMW, one of the leading luxury car brands worldwide, held more than 15 percent of the U.S. luxury automobile market share. Guess who came in fourth place? It’s German again! Audi’s market share amounted to 10.1 percent of the American luxury car market, while GM’s Cadillac brand took 8.2 percent of the market in 2016.

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Christmas is America’s favorite holiday season

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Christmas is a civil holiday and an important part of the holiday season. During the Christmas shopping season, sales increase in almost all retail sectors. According to Statista.com, the most popular gift in the United States across all income levels is gift cards: 52 percent.

The statistics show that American consumers expected to spend an average of about $830 on Christmas gifts in 2015. In comparison, the average sum in 2014 was $720. In 2013, U.S. consumers spent approximately $704, compared to $770 in 2012. The highest average spending occurred in 2007; in this year, Americans spent an average of $866 dollars on Christmas gifts.

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