December 01, 2018

Analyzing and predicting the spatial penetration of Airbnb in U.S. cities

  • Capra L.
  • Greatorex A.
  • Musolesi M.
  • Quattrone G.
  • Quercia D.

In the hospitality industry, the room and apartment sharing platform of Airbnb has been accused of unfair competition. Detractors have pointed out the chronic lack of proper legislation. Unfortunately, there is little quantitative evidence about Airbnb?s spatial penetration upon which to base such a legislation. In this study, we analyze Airbnb?s spatial distribution in eight U.S. urban areas, in relation to both geographic, socio-demographic, and economic information. We find that, despite being very different in terms of population composition, size, and wealth, all eight cities exhibit the same pattern: that is, areas of high Airbnb presence are those occupied by the ?talented and creative? classes, and those that are close to city centers. This result is consistent so much so that the accuracy of predicting Airbnb?s spatial penetration is as high as 0.725.

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© 2017 International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2), published under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 License. Uber is a popular ride-sharing application that matches people who need a ride (or riders) with drivers who are willing to provide it using their personal vehicles. Despite its growing popularity, there exist ...

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© 2017 International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2), published under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 License. Recent studies in social media spam and automation provide anecdotal argumentation of the rise of a new generation of spambots, so-called social spambots. Here, for the first time, we extensively study this novel ...