The propensity score matching model powering how we optimize for long-term decision-making

By Mitra Akhtari, Jenny Chen, Amelia Lemionet, Dan Nguyen, Hassan Obeid, Yunshan Zhu

At Airbnb, we have a vision to build a 21st century company by operating over an infinite time horizon and balancing the interests of all stakeholders. To do so effectively, we need to be able to compare, in a common currency, both the short and long-term value of actions and events that take place on our platform. These actions could be a guest making a booking or a host adding amenities to their listing, to name just two examples.

Though randomized experiments measure the initial impact of…

Jenny Chen

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