American drug usage

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The American history of drugs began in the early 20th century. Since the creation of heroin, the U.S has become one of the fastest-growing drug markets. Nowadays drug trafficking in the U.S. is conducted by criminal organizations from Mexico, South America, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Africa. Many illegal drugs have been used for thousands of years for spiritual and medical purposes, but now in modern society they are obviously illegal and dangerous.

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Partners are more often born in different states in same-sex couples

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Were you and your spouse (or partner) born in the same state? It appears that five in every nine American couples can say so. Let’s take a closer look – are there states with unusually high (or low) rates? What is the percentage of same-sex couples?

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College Graduates’ Occupational Fields

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

In this post we analyze recent ACS data to see which fields college graduates work in. We are particularly interested in the relationship between the college degree that participants mentioned in the survey and their actual job occupation. We have used a five-year PUMS sample and selected adults from 25 to 65 years old who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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A few numbers about voting

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Elections in the United States are a process that can unify the whole country, and are also the driving factor behind American democracy. People who are voters in national elections must be American citizens (native-born or naturalized) and at least 18 years old. There were six national elections between 2004 and 2014: three congressional and three presidential.

In that period, the voting rate of non-Hispanic Whites across presidential elections decreased from 79.2 percent in 2004 to 73.7 percent in 2012. The non-Hispanic White share of the voting population dropped from 80.4 percent in 2006 to 76.3 percent in 2014. Across the last three election cycles in both types of elections, the voting rate of non-Hispanic Whites fell slightly.

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