The most dangerous jobs in the US

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

The most dangerous jobs are usually the ones we associate with manual labor. Heavy and civil engineering construction is an industry sector that usually comes to mind when thinking about occupational injuries. Well, it’s certainly risky at around 20 fatal injuries per 100,000 employees per year; however, it’s far from having the most dangerous jobs in the country.

Just take a look at the chart.

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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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Fed Policy and its Effect on MSAs

R.T. Young

R.T. Young, Ph.D. Business Economics

The Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) is rife with criticism of its policy missteps.  From the “inflation fighter” Paul Volker in the late 70s and early 80s to the “kept interest rates too low for too long” Alan Greenspan, many Fed observers see the mistakes of the U.S. central bank as an indication that the Fed is too limited in foresight to provide reliable policy guidance.

Presuming Fed managers actually do lack much foresight, as the argument goes, then why allow the Fed’s “money bureaucrats” to manipulate financial asset prices?

Among the effects of manipulated financial prices, observers of the Fed point to the distributional effects of the institution’s policies.

What’s implied by distributional effects?

In a nutshell, Fed policy hurts some in order to benefit others.

Of the many distributional effects, one of the most commonly mentioned is the benefits to owners of stocks versus the reduced income to holders of bonds and other interest-bearing securities.

This article looks at what interest income has done by state since the Fed began lowering interest rates in August 2007.

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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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Singles in the U.S.

April R. McDowell

April R. McDowell, Ph.D. Family Science

People often speculate over the availability of single adults across the U.S. and if there are particular cities that may be better than others in terms of the odds of finding a mate. Without looking at real data, one can only make guesses about this. Thus, the purpose of this article is to shed some more light on this topic and provide some actual data upon which some conclusions may be drawn. It is important to note that the data presented and conclusions drawn here are geared toward heterosexual men and women (i.e., single adults looking for a mate of the opposite sex).

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Age disparities in relationships: statistics

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Males are older than their partners in two-thirds of all unmarried straight couples. In 22 percent of all cases, the difference is greater than five years. The opposite case, where the female is at least five years older, takes place in just 10 percent of all relationships.

Here’s the detailed chart showing the complete distribution.

Age disparity in unmarried couples

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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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