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.

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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What to celebrate and where to travel during the winter holidays

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The winter holidays in America are possibly the most beautiful time of the year, filled with Christmas trees, fairy lights and festivals. The end of the year brings not only Christmas and New Year’s but other holidays as well. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and the African week-long celebration of Kwanzaa are also among the widely-celebrated holidays in America due to the large number of Jewish and African Americans.

According to a poll on which holidays American respondents planned to celebrate in 2015, almost 95 percent planned to celebrate Christmas. About 6.5 percent planned to celebrate Hanukkah, and 1.9 percent planned to celebrate Kwanzaa. In comparison, the total number of people who planned to celebrate Christmas in 2014 was 94.3 percent, compared to 6.3 percent who planned to celebrate Hanukkah. The percentage of people who planned to celebrate Kwanzaa in 2014 was nearly the same as in 2015: 2 percent.

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Coal production and consumption in the U.S.

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Since the onset of industrialization in the 19th century, coal has been an extremely important source of energy. Even now, coal is still one of the leading energy sources. Global coal production amounted to approximately 3.9 billion metric tons of oil equivalent (the production data includes solid fuels, bituminous coal, hard coal, lignite and brown coal).

The United States is ranked second worldwide in coal production and coal consumption. According to Statista.com, the production of coal approximated to over 500 million metric tons in 2013 and 509 million metric tons (in oil equivalent) in 2014. The country’s consumption of coal is lower than its production but is still quite high. Thus, the U.S. consumed coal 453.4 million metric tons of oil equivalent in coal in 2014. In 2013, the number amounted to almost the same figure: 454.6 million metric tons.

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Electronic health in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Electronic health (or simply e-health) can be defined as a range of healthcare-related digital services and devices. These types of services can be used for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and personal health monitoring.

Let’s take a look at the results of a recent survey (as of March 2017) regarding American adults’ awareness of the e-health field. Approximately 10 percent of respondents in the 18-29 age group had some knowledge about e-health. Knowledge about e-health was slightly higher among the 20-45 age group than others (13 percent). Around 9 percent of those surveyed in the 46-60 age group replied, “Yes, I know what e-health is.” The lowest percent of e-health awareness was found among people aged 61 years and older.

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Nike is the leading sports equipment company in the country

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The United States of America is one of the largest markets for leading sport equipment manufacturers. According to statistics illustrating the number of people who bought sports equipment within the last 12 months in the country from spring 2010 to spring 2015, last year about 36.78 million people purchased sports equipment. This rate was quite similar in autumn 2014, with 36.81 million buyers. In spring 2014, there were about 37.24 million people who bought at least some type of sporting equipment. Overall the total number of buyers in 2013 was approximately 75 million people, compared to 74 million people in 2012.

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Sales and profits of lotteries in the U.S.

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In the United States, lotteries are run by 47 jurisdictions, including 44 states plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The most recent U.S. lottery to be legalized was in Wyoming, where it began operation in July 2013.

There are two major lottery games: Mega Millions and Powerball. These companies are offered in nearly all jurisdictions that operate lotteries. Among the states that do not have lotteries are Mississippi, Utah and Alabama (because of religious objections). In the modern technology era, plenty of new apps have been created for people to purchase lottery tickets on their gadgets (such as smartphones or laptops).

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Coca-Cola is on the top of the non–alcoholic beverages market

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The non-alcoholic beverages market in the United States comprises categories such as tea and coffee, bottled water, soft drinks and energy drinks; carbonated soft drinks make up the largest segment of this market. Coca-Cola Co. is the undisputed leader among liquid refreshment brands in the country. The overall U.S. market share of Coca-Cola in 2014 amounted to 42.3 percent (the company’s worldwide revenue approximated to around $46 billion). Similar numbers were recorded in the U.S. in the two previous years: 42.2 percent in 2013 and 42 percent in 2012.

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Smoking rate among adults in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Which state has the highest smoking rate in the country? According to Statista.com, Kentucky is the undisputed leader with a 25.9 percent smoking rate among its adult population in 2015. This percentage includes adults who reported that they currently smoked every day or some days; the percentages are weighted to reflect population characteristics.

The smoking rate among adults in the state of West Virginia approximated to 25.7 percent in 2015; this rate is the second highest in the United States. Arkansas came in third with a 24.9 percent smoking rate that year, while Mississippi was ranked fourth with a smoking rate of 22.5 percent among its adult population. The smoking rate in Missouri was 22.3 percent, just slightly lower than that of Mississippi.

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Digital news and social media

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

We are living in the era of digital news. If you follow the news, there is a high likelihood that you receive it through some form digital media. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of the main native digital news organizations in the United States.

According to the information published by Statista.com in 2014, the largest digital news organization in the U.S. was Vice, which had an editorial staff (including full-time staff) of 1,100 employees. The Huffington Post employed 575 full-time editorial staff, while the number of people employed by Politico and BuzzFeed amounted to 186 and 170 respectively. Bleacher Report employed 140 editorial staff. Gawker employed 132 people, while Mashable and Business Insider had the same number of full-time editorial staff (70 employees).

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Who uses Apple Pay and where?

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

For our readers who are unfamiliar with Apple Pay, here is a definition: Apple Pay is a mobile payment (digital wallet) service by Apple Inc. that lets users make payments using every Apple device that you can find. The service was launched in the United States about two and a half years ago. If you didn’t know about it, you are not alone. According to information published at Statista.com in August 2016, about 9 percent of millennials in the United States have never heard of this service either (as well as 9 percent of Generation X respondents, 17 percent of baby boomers and 22 percent of retirees).

Many people have also heard of this service but never used it: 66 percent of millennials, 71 percent of Generation Xers, 80 percent of baby boomers and 76 percent of retirees. Only 2 percent of retirees used this digital payment service, the lowest rate of all the respondent groups. Three percent of baby boomers used Apple Pay in 2016. Approximately 19 percent of Generation Xers said that they used Apple Pay. The highest level of familiarity with Apple Pay was recorded among millennials — 25 percent of these respondents stated that they used it.

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