AirbnB uses R to scale data science

Airbnb, the property-rental marketplace that helps you find a place to stay when you’re travelling, uses R to scale data science. Airbnb is a famously data-driven company, and has recently gone through a period of rapid growth. To accommodate the influx of data scientists (80% of whom are proficient in R, and 64% use R as their primary data analysis language), Airbnb organizes monthly week-long data bootcamps for new hires and current team members. But just as important as the training program is the engineering process Airbnb uses to scale data science with R. Rather than just have data scientists write R functions independently (which not only is a likely duplication of work, but inhibits transparency and slows down productivity), Airbnb has invested in building an internal R package called Rbnb that implements collaborative solutions…


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