Airbnb Opens Data, Machine Learning Code

Seeking to be a good host for code, too, Airbnb flung open the doors to several of its internal engineering innovations Thursday, releasing parts of its data infrastructure as well as a machine learning package as open source.

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Teaching Machines To Learn

Aerosolve represents Airbnb’s latest efforts in machine learning, the creation of systems that automate the continuous improvement of algorithms. It powers a new product the company unveiled on Thursday, Price Tips.

Price Tips gives Airbnb hosts recommendations on how to price their listing every day of the year. Curtis said that initial testing of Price Tips indicated that if a host made the price for their listing within five percent of the price recommended, the listing was four times as likely to get booked. That kind of intelligence is what Aerosolve is meant to enable.

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