Predict Where a New User Will Book Their First Travel Experience. User Intention Prediction, Learning to Rank

At the heart of the Airbnb site is its search. And one of the most central features of its search is search ranking.

The search results Airbnb displays are personalized to the listings and experiences they predict will be best for that user.

This article details the exploration of two data sets released by Airbnb on the the purpose of predicting the first country to which an Airbnb user books a trip. More specific, to predict top 5 travel destination countries in decreasing order of relevance.

We want to achieve a level of personalization by inferring guest preferences based on their demographic information and session activities, as guests plan their trips by engaging with listings and making inquiries.

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