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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.

Personal savings in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to statistics representing gross private savings in the United States, residents saved approximately $3.5 trillion as of the fourth quarter of 2015. In comparison, gross private savings in the country amounted to $3.63 trillion in 2014. In 2013 and 2012, gross private savings amounted to $3.35 trillion and $3.75 trillion respectively.

The personal savings rate amounted to 5.5 percent in 2015 (in the previous year, the rate approximated to 5 percent). In 2013, the rate of personal savings in the United States was 4.1 percent, while in 2012 the rate amounted to more than 10 percent. In 2011, people saved approximately 6.4 percent.

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Waste recycling and composting

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to information published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, American people generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled around 87 million tons of material in 2013. In terms of actively recycling and composting waste, the United States falls far behind other countries. The U.S. recycles about 35 percent of all its municipal waste.  Germany leads the world in this regard, composting or recycling 65 percent of all its municipal waste. South Korea takes second place with a recycling rate of 59 percent.

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Motorcycle industry in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In the past few decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of motorcycle sales and registrations in the United States. Motorcycle registrations in the United States have grown by 75 percent, from 3,826,373 in 1997 to 6,678,958 in 2006 (according to the United States Department of Transportation). If we examine the information showing the number of registered motorcycles (including private, commercial and publicly owned) published at Statista.com in 2013, we see that California had the highest number of registered motorcycles (799,990). Florida came in second with 545,452 registered motorcycles. In 2013, there were 443,856 motorcycles registered in Texas. In Ohio and Pennsylvania, the numbers of registered motorcycles amounted to 402,264 and 400,908 motorcycles respectively.

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Problems with sleeping in the U.S.

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Sleep deprivation can 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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Nightlife in America: bars, taverns and clubs

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The American bar, tavern and nightclub industry generated $24.35 billion in income in 2015. It grows slightly each year; in comparison, the revenue of the industry was only $19.14 billion in 2003. By the end of 2016, the industry’s revenue will be approximately $25 billion according to a forecast published on Statista.com. In 2017, the income of U.S. bars and nightclubs is forecasted to reach $25.74 billion.

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Online sales for eyewear: contact lenses and sunglasses

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The eyewear market is rapidly growing in the United States. The market consists of four main categories: prescription glasses, sunglasses, over-the-counter readers and contact lenses. In 2013, the U.S. frame market for eyewear generated around $8.69 billion in retail stores, compared to $8.48 billion in 2012. If we examine the statistics of lens sales, we see that the U.S. lens market generated around $10.41 billion in retail sales. In 2011, the retail sales of lenses amounted to around $9.5 billion, while 2010 saw sales of about $9.4 billion.

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Love is in the air: Valentine’s gifts in America

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated annually in February — some people love it, while others hate it. To celebrate, lovers both young and old give letters and flowers to their partners and spouses. It’s the only day of the year filled with hearts and Cupids everywhere. This day is widely celebrated in the United States.

According to a survey conducted by eGifter and published at Statista.com, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. were the most popular American cities for gifting on Valentine’s Day in 2014 — 47 percent of people in these cities gave a gift. San Francisco, Houston and Boston also saw a high rate of Valentine’s Day gifting: 42 percent.

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The revenue and net sales of Samsonite

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Luggage retail is an important global market. In 2014, American jewelry, luggage and leather goods store sales amounted to around $34.24 billion. This is a slight increase over the previous year’s total of around $34.13 billion.

The American company Samsonite is the largest luggage manufacturer and retailer, with products ranging from large suitcases to small bags and briefcases. Samsonite was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1910. The timeline below shows us the total global revenue of the world’s largest luggage manufacturer from 2007 to 2015. In 2015, Samsonite’s global revenues amounted to about $2.43 billion. This is a slight increase from 2014 when the company generated about $2.35 billion in revenue.

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The return of vinyl: a period of constant growth in sales

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In recent years, vinyl album sales in the United Sales began rapidly growing. In 2011, 3.9 million vinyl LPs were sold in the United States — in 2012, the number grew to 4.6 million vinyl LPs. In 2013 and 2014, the number of albums sold on vinyl amounted to 6.1 million and 9.2 million respectively. In 2015, the number rose to 11.9 million vinyl LPs and reached its peak of 13.1 million vinyl albums in 2016.

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