The production of frozen yogurt and ice cream

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The sweetest part of the frozen foods industry is the frozen desserts category. The frozen desserts sector combines categories such as regular and low-fat ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbets and other frozen treats.

A popular favorite, frozen yogurt is a frozen, low-calorie dessert which is often served in a huge range of flavors. The production of this type of dessert is nothing but impressive in the United States. In 2010, more than 50 million gallons of frozen yogurt were produced; by 2011, the number increased to 62.7 million gallons. While this increase is impressive, the following two years were the real celebration for frozen yogurt lovers.

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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 used 11 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 selected only those having a participation rate of at least 30 percent in each state. The top activities were sleeping, washing and dressing, food preparation, work, eating and watching television.

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Pharmacology companies: the numbers keep growing

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

More pharmacology companies than ever are actively filing for patents. In fact, in Massachusetts, the number has doubled in the last five years. We detailed this trend in our recent post about the most innovative companies in the state.

Let’s see whether this trend is characteristic of the state or if the growth more universal. To begin, here’s the map showing the details about the current state of innovation in the industry.

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IT, Defense and Surgery: a look at innovation in Massachusetts

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Unlike some other states housing the most innovative companies, people don’t usually associate Massachusetts with a particular field. That makes a study of the patent portfolios of the local businesses even more appealing.

Let’s take a look at the word cloud first. It was generated using the abstracts of patents issued in the state in the recent years. The algorithm we utilized here is similar to Amazon’s Statistically Improbable Words (used for book tagging).

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American gambling industry

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Gambling is a popular and widely profitable industry in the United States. The heart of all casinos, the state of Nevada, produced more than $10.6 billion in revenue from gambling in 2014. According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, this was an increase from the $10.4 billion in 2013. In the fiscal years of 2012 and 2011, the revenues from gaming in Nevada were $10.28 billion and $10.17 billion respectively. In 2010, casinos in the state of Nevada generated about $9.91 billion dollars in revenue from gaming.

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Same-occupation couples: new estimates

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

In this post, we will revisit the topic of occupation and marriage dependency, and same-occupation couples in particular. Recently, new five-year American Community Survey data was released by IPUMS USA. This is the most comprehensive version of the survey, having the widest coverage of the population (even in smaller areas).

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