Thursday February 11, 2016

How Airbnb's Data Hid The Facts In New York City

If this report is accurate, Airbnb might have played around with its numbers to show a more "flattering picture" of its business. I'm sure this doesn't matter to Airbnb users, as long as they get the room they want, they are happy. Any of you use the service?

A major part of Airbnb's recent data release was a snapshot of New York City listings as of November 17, 2015. This report shows that the snapshot was photoshopped: in the days leading up to November 17, Airbnb ensured a flattering picture by carrying out a one-time targeted purge of more than 1,000 listings. The company then presented November 17 as a typical day in the company’s operations and mis-represented the one-time purge as a historical trend.

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