All posts by Pavel Prikhodko

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.

Home buyers: numbers and facts

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

If we examine the statistics representing first-time home buyers in the United States in 2015, we see that a majority of buyers in the 35-and-under age group were first-time buyers, at 67 percent. About 26 percent, of 36 to 50-year-olds were first-time buyers in 2015. The share of first-time buyers in the 51 to 60-year-old age group amounted to 11 percent, while people aged 61 to 69 who were first-time buyers only made up 6 percent.

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Hard market: consumption and production of cement

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Cement is one of the world’s key building materials, both in the residential and nonresidential sectors. This material is also used for the production of concrete. Thus, over 70 percent of cement sales in the United States were made to producers of ready-mixed concrete, and about 12 percent of sales went to concrete product manufacturers. According to information published at Statista.com, around 4,100 million metric tons of cement were produced globally in 2015. The U.S. accounted for about 83.4 million metric tons of this production. The year before, 4,180 million metric tons of material were produced worldwide, and 83.2 million metric tons were produced in the U.S. In 2013, these numbers decreased: 4,080 million metric tons globally and about 77.4 million metric tons in the U.S.

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Golden States: production of the most precious material

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Historically, gold has been the most precious and coveted metal in the world due to its rarity. Currently, China is the world’s leading producer of gold, followed by Australia and Russia. Approximately 3,000 metric tons of gold were produced worldwide in 2015. In 2014, some 2,990 metric tons of gold were produced globally. The year before, in 2013, the world’s gold production approximated to around 2,800 thousand metric tons. In 2012 and 2011, the amount of gold produced globally amounted to 2,690 thousand metric tons and 2,660 thousand metric tons accordingly.

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The United States is the world’s largest corn producer

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

If we look at total production volume, we see that corn is the world’s most important grain. In 2014, the United States was the largest corn producer in the world with a production volume of approximately 351 million metric tons (this amounted to a third of the global corn production). According to a report by the US Department of Agriculture, the country exported over 46 million metric tons of corn in 2015. In comparison, the second-largest exporter (Brazil) produced only 22 million metric tons of corn exports.

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Problems with sleeping in the U.S.

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Sleep deprivation could truly be a problem for everyone. According to the information at Statista.com, nearly 8 percent of adults who are living without children took medication to sleep four or more times in the past week. In 2013-2014, it was found that 6.2 percent of adult men and 9.7 percent of adult women took medication to sleep. If we look at single parents, almost 7.5 percent took medication to sleep four or more times in the past week.

According to Statista.com, about 44.5 percent of the surveyed people had slight troubles with sleeping. During the research, about 24 percent of the respondents revealed that they have moderate trouble sleeping. Over 15 percent said that they have a lot of trouble sleeping, while 14 percent said they have no trouble sleeping. A small portion (2 percent) revealed their extreme troubles with sleeping.

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Peoples’ opinions on video games

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Some people are seriously discussing video games as a violent and dangerous thing that can cripple young peoples’ psyche. The video game industry can compete with Hollywood’s movie industry in terms of revenue and profit — for example, the revenue of global PC and console games was $46.5 billion dollars in 2014. This number is quite impressive, although revenue is expected to decrease to $41 billion in 2019.

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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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Christmas is America’s favorite holiday season

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Christmas is a civil holiday and is an important part of the holiday season. During the Christmas shopping season, sales increase in almost all retail areas. 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 about $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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