Airbnb: Using Machine Learning to Predict Home Value

It's a little embarrassing how often I link to Airbnb posts, but these folks do such great work. This post isn't actually about predicting home values, it's about how their team manages the entire ML process, from front to back. My absolute favorite part is their work on an internal feature repository called Zipline:

To make this work more scalable, we developed Zipline — a training feature repository(...) The crowdsourced nature of this internal tool allows data scientists to use a wide variety of high quality, vetted features that others have prepared for past projects. If a desired feature is not available, a user can create her own(...)

Wow. It's hard to overstate how far ahead this is from where most companies are today. Their work on productionizing models is also impressive.


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