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Airbnb User Trajectories

Follow Airbnb users from a US city over the course of a year as they interact with the platform for different lengths of time and from different devices.

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The purpose of this visualization is to identify patterns in the behavior of users accessing the Airbnb platform. Airbnb open-sourced a one year chunk of user data from a US city for a visualization challange at databits.io. It was a very detailed dataset, so the challenge was to identify and display only a few key patterns - I think the temptation is usually to show too much.

One thing that immediately stood out was the lull in activity between the hours of 14 and 18. You would expect a drop in activity overnight, not in the middle of the afternoon, so it may be that the time stamps in the dataset were shifted. Also interesting that the top 5 users, who accessed the platform >100 times, never booked.

A few other observations (that would need deeper analysis for confirmation):

Heavy use of Python and pandas for the initial exploration and d3.js for the final visualization.