Third most played team sport in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Football in America is called soccer. It is the third most played team sport in the country, with about 13 million Americans playing soccer. A lot of American people, as the others in the world love to watch European championships. In spring 2015, the number of people in America who watched European soccer amounted to 15.92 million within a period of 12 months, according to Statista.com. The number of European soccer TV viewers in autumn 2014 was 14.05 million compared to 13.97 million in spring 2014. About 15.26 million TV viewers watched European soccer in autumn 2013, and the number of people who watched Euro soccer in spring was 15.04 million. The number of viewers who watched European soccer in autumn and spring 2012 were 14.56 million and 14.74 million accordingly. In autumn 2011 the number of TV viewers was 14.82 million.

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Average working hours are increasing in most sectors

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

According to the data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average weekly working hours have increased for employees of most industry supersectors. We will now take a closer look at the changes that occurred in recent years.

As seen on the following heat map, the average hours were exceptionally low in 2009; a decrease of over two hours per week was registered in some industries. The color here represents the difference compared to the 2007 baseline.

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Growing revenues of fitness clubs

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The United States of America is a well-known fitness country. In 2014, more than 54 million American people belonged to at least one of the 34,460 health clubs nationwide. The number of health clubs and fitness centers in the country is growing each year. The total number of gyms in 2013 was 32,150, compared to 30,500 in 2012. There was a slight increase from 2009 to 2011: from 29,750 to 29,960. Healthy and active living is inspiring; more and more people are buying memberships at gyms. The number of membership at fitness centers and health clubs is growing also: it was 54.1 million people in 2014, up from 52.9 million people in 2013.

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Languages spoken at home

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

The population of the United States is very diverse: for centuries, people from different nations have been coming here to find their new life. They brought along elements of their culture and their language. There are many families who use languages other than English in their family. In this post we will use various ACS releases to explore the multitude of languages spoken at home in the U.S.

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Are actor names a popular choice for babies?

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

How do people choose names for their children? It’s no secret that quite a few name their boys and girls after different celebrities. Actor names seem to be one of the common choices.

Is it so? Were there a lot of Dustins born right after Rain Man hit the cinema screens? Let’s take a look.

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Boxing culture in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Since New York legalized boxing in 1896, this became one of the most popular in the United States. Due to a great number of immigrants arriving in the United States from all over the world, the country had the 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 twentieth century, boxing became not only one of the shortest paths to glory and financial wealth, but 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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America’s stay-at-home dads

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

Previously we have counted stay-at home dads using public data from the ACS PUMS. In this post we will use a larger dataset to look deeper into stay-at-home fathers’ demographics. In the broadest sense, a stay-at-home dad is a father who is the main caregiver for his children. While this definition is concise, it is not very useful if one wants to study stay-at-home fathers quantitatively using publicly available data. So here we will use a more narrow definition: stay-at-home fathers are those not at work (for any reason) with a wife who has a job and is at work. We only count fathers with household children under 18 years old. We will use the latest 2014 five-year ACS PUMS release for these calculations.

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