Growing popularity of online dating services

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Online dating in the United States is becoming more and more popular, especially for young people aged between 25 and 34: 28 percent of American dating site users belonged to this age group. During a 2014 survey it was found that 22 percent of dating site users were aged between 18 and 24. The number of dating site users between 35 and 44 years old and between 45 and 54 years old were both 18 percent. About 11 percent of dating site users fell in the 55 to 64 age group, and 4 percent were older than 65.

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Organic food industry

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

Today we explore the organic food industry with the help of data provided by Statista.com. Organic foods are produced using principles of organic farming, which are governed by certain standards in many countries. Standards for organic farming may be voluntary or legislated. They generally feature practices that foster ecological balance, sustainable use of natural resources and restrict the use of certain pesticides and fertilizers in farming.

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More than 18 million Americans live in areas with high noise levels

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

According to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release dating back as far as 1974, average outdoor noise levels below 55 dB “are identified as preventing activity interference and annoyance”. At the same time, more than 18.5 million Americans live in areas where the average existing noise levels are above this threshold.

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Digital music revolution – easiest way to listen to music

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Every day millions of Americans download music over the Internet. With more than 70 authorized digital music services in the country, it is easier than ever to download and listen to music anywhere. In 2014, 56.34 million people downloaded music, and over 115 million of people used streaming services. In 2015 the numbers increased to 65.63 million downloaders and almost 130 million streaming users. The forecast suggests that in 2016 the total number of Americans who download music will be around 65.44 million, while the number of streaming users is expected to grow to 140.48 million people.

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Time use across the nation

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

In this post we will combine data from the American Time Use survey and Current Population survey to see how time use patterns change with geographic location. We use eleven years of ATUS data (2003-2014) and the corresponding CPS data about the respondent’s state of residence. The American Time Use survey classifies daily activities into 431 detailed categories. For this post we have selected only those having a participation rate of at least 30 percent in each state. The top activities were sleeping, washing & dressing, food preparation, work, eating and watching television.

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Unemployment rate in America: numbers and predictions

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The rate of unemployment in the United States is an important economic factor affected by global competition, education and demographics. The unemployment rate in 2014 was 6.2 percent, decreasing from 7.4 percent in 2013. Since 2010 (9.6 percent) the rate of unemployment in America decreased slightly. Thus, the rate was 8.9 percent in 2011 and 8.1 percent in 2012. Notably, the highest rate of unemployment in 20 years was recorded in 2010.

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