All posts by Pavel Prikhodko

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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 that 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 an important part of the holiday season. During the Christmas shopping season, sales increase in almost all retail sectors. 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 approximately $704, compared to $770 in 2012. The highest average spending occurred in 2007; this year, Americans spent an average of $866 dollars on Christmas gifts.

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Fish in the American dish: recreational fishing

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, in 2005, the United States harvested 4,888,621 tons of fish from wild fisheries and another 471,958 tons from aquaculture. The U.S. is the fifth largest producer of fish after China, Peru, India and Indonesia, producing 3.8 percent of the global total.

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American hunting and wildlife

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Many years ago, hunting was a necessity for survival. In current times, hunting has developed into a form of sport and recreation in Western countries. In the U.S., hunting is generally regulated on a state-by-state basis, but hunters nationwide are required to hold a hunting license regardless of state. In 2013, about 14 million people participated in hunting in the U.S.

In 2011, American hunters spent an average of $2,484 on hunting, a significant increase from 2006, when the average hunter spent approximately $2,050. In 2001, the average hunter’s expenditures in the U.S. amounted to $2,001.

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The National Football League is an American treasure

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Since its formation in 1920, the National Football League (NFL) has gained massive popularity in the United States. The TV viewership of the Super Bowl, the annual game that determines the champion of the NFL, amounted to 114 million people in 2015. In 2014, Super Bowl XLVIII (featuring the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos) was broadcast to 111 million people.

By the way, the average cost for a 30-second-advertisement was $4 million that year. Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 held the second-highest average cost for a 30-second advertisement at $4.5 million. The game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in February of 2016 (Super Bowl 50) holds the current record at a whopping cost of $5 million for a 30-second advertisement.

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The numbers on people suffering from asthma

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to the statistics, over 230 million people worldwide suffer from asthma. The prevalence of asthma in the United States has steadily increased to its current level of 8.6 percent. In comparison, this rate was only 7.6 percent in 2001. The percentage of people diagnosed with asthma began to grow in 2013 (7.4 percent). In 2014 and 2015, the rates of people suffering from asthma amounted to 7.9 percent and 8 percent accordingly.

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Dynamics of home-based working in the U.S.

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Working from home is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. The number of people who prefer to use their own dwelling as a workplace increased slightly in recent years. People who work 9 to 5 may start asking questions like, “Who actually are home-based workers?” and, “Why don’t they fancy a typical job in the office?” There are main types of such workers: home workers, who work exclusively from home, home-based workers, who work from home part or all the time, and mixed workers, who work both from home and from the office.

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Crowdfunding is a fast-increasing market

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The number of international crowdfunding platforms is increasing every year. Crowdfunding is defined as a collective effort by a large number of individuals who network and pool small amounts of capital to finance a new or pre-existing business venture. Each project has a set amount of money to raise and a fixed timeframe; each day is counted down and the money raised is tallied up for visitors to follow the project’s success. Some sources suggest that the current financial climate has given a trigger to the culture of crowdfunding.

The United States houses the leading crowdfunding market with 191 crowdfunding platforms in the country, according to information published at Statista.com in 2012. In comparison, the second-largest market in the world, the United Kingdom, had 44 crowdfunding platforms in the same year.

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Coffee consumption in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the United States. The most common form consumed in the U.S. is roasted coffee. Back in 2011, Americans consumed about 20,837 million bags of roasted coffee, while soluble coffee and coffee pods were less popular among Americans. The consumption of soluble coffee in 2011 amounted to 1,206 million bags, while the consumption of coffee pods approximated to 358,000 units. In the United States, coffee consumption has remained quite stable in recent years. In 2010, people in America consumed 20,519 million bags of roasted coffee, 1,264 million bags of soluble coffee and 260,000 units of coffee pods.  The average American adult worker spent about $21.32 on coffee per week in 2013. In 2012, the average weekly spending on coffee was slightly lower: $21.

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Top furniture stores in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Ikea is the global leader in the furniture market, and the United States is no exception. The invasion began when the Swedish furniture-selling powerhouse landed on American soil in 1985. Since then, Ikea has become the top-ranked specialty furniture store in the country. In 2013, the Swedish retailer’s sales amounted to about $2.7 billion in the U.S., up from $2.5 billion in 2012. The American company Williams-Sonoma took second place with sales of approximately $2.2 billion in 2013.

The year before, Williams-Sonoma generated about $1.9 billion in U.S. sales. Mattress Firm ranked third among the leading furniture stores with $1.4 billion in 2013 and $1.1 billion in 2012. Pier 1 Imports generated about $1.2 billion in sales in 2013, while La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries saw a bit over $1 billion.

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