Practice your new data analysis skills by helping your friend find an Airbnb

Practice your new data analysis skills by helping your friend find an Airbnb

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Suppose you are looking forward to migrating to the data field. In that case, you must be flooded with advanced terms like lambda functions, Regex expressions, Machine learning, Linear regressions, and other complicated words.

But don’t get anxious! We can start with simple things such as helping a friend with some daily issues.

In this particular case, we will help an imaginary family that needs to rent an Airbnb home/apartment in Portugal with the following features:

  • The apartment should be located in Parque das Nações (a neighborhood in Lisbon - Portugal)
  • The value must be at a maximum of 60 euros.
  • The type of accommodation must be “Entire House” type.

Now, that we know the problem, let’s start solving it! We are going to use the Airbnb Lisbon dataset.

Importing the libraries

First, we need to import the libraries that we are going to use. The libraries for this project are Pandas for analyzing, manipulating, and fixing some dataset issues; Matploblib/Seaborn for statistical methods and simple data visualization and Folium to build our map.

In my case, I’m using a Jupyter notebook. But if it’s your first project, you should try Google colab which is a cloud service by Google to encourage programming, the “colab” as it’s informally called, offers you an easy environment to learn code and you can use it in your browser. To use these libraries in colab, you should first use “!pip install” in all of these before importing.

 import pandas as pd
 import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
 import folium
 from folium import plugins
 import seaborn as sns
 from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
 from matplotlib import rcParams
 import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
 %matplotlib inline 
 rcParams["figure.figsize"] = 10, 8

Import the data

In this part, we will import the data from the URL and put it inside a variable called “airdf.”

airdf= pd.read_csv("")

First look at the data frame

In this part, we will take the first look at the data distribution in our dataframe. For that, we can use the attribute “.shape” to set the columns and rows and print it with “print()” We use shape [1] for columns, shape [0] for the number of rows, and we use the .format to make sure that everything is in the right place, replacing the braces with information in the final parentheses.

# For that, we use the attribute ".shape" related to our dataset (airdf), and we use "1" for columns and "0" for rows, and we use the function "print" to see.
print("The dataframe has {} columns and {} rows".format(airdf.shape[1],airdf.shape[0]))

The output should be something like this:

“This dataframe has 16 columns and 19877 lines.”

Since we already know the size of the data frame, let’s look at the columns and rows using the method “head” on our dataset.



Data cleaning

In this topic, we will be cleaning our data frame based on the requests of our friend. Keeping in mind the specifications they give us, we will erase the data which is not interesting for us.

Data cleaning - Columns

For the data cleaning section, we need to look at which columns we can use in our analysis.

# We use ".columns" to check the column names.


Index(['id', 'name', 'host_id', 'host_name', 'neighbourhood_group',
       'neighbourhood', 'latitude', 'longitude', 'room_type', 'price',
       'minimum_nights', 'number_of_reviews', 'last_review',
       'reviews_per_month', 'calculated_host_listings_count',

As we can see, there are plenty of unusable columns in this dataframe. Columns like “calculated_host_listings_count”, “reviews_per_month” are not useful at all and we need to drop those columns. We are using the “inplace = True” because we need to make the changes in the real dataframe.

#Droping the columns with the atribbute ".drop"
airdf.drop(["number_of_reviews","reviews_per_month","calculated_host_listings_count","availability_365","last_review"],axis=1, inplace=True)

Now that we cleaned the columns, that will not be helpful. Let’s look at how it is now.


Much more intuitive and only with what we need.

You might be asking yourself, “What’s the id, Name, and Host_id for?” In the end, you will understand how valuable those columns are.

Data cleaning - Empty data and duplicated entries

Now we are going to look after empty data. For that, we are going to use the method “.isnull” applied to the dataset. This attribute will give us a complete list of empty entries in which column.



id                      0
name                   10
host_id                 0
host_name               6
neighbourhood_group     0
neighbourhood           0
latitude                0
longitude               0
room_type               0
price                   0
minimum_nights          0
dtype: int64

As you notice, we have sixteen empty entries for “name” and "host_name, but since the column “id” is complete, that’s not a big problem.

Let’s replace the empty entries with the string “no_name” to make our life easier. As we are beginners and tend to mess up, I will also create another dataset called “airdfc”. The “c” stands for “Clean version”.

airdfc = airdf.fillna("no_name")

Let’s take a look if it works?



id                     0
name                   0
host_id                0
host_name              0
neighbourhood_group    0
neighbourhood          0
latitude               0
longitude              0
room_type              0
price                  0
minimum_nights         0
dtype: int64

All clear!

Now is the time to check the duplicated data. This kind of problem can lead to an unrealistic data visualization and can confuse your data analysis. For that, we can use the method “.duplicated” to hunt those duplicated entries.




All clear, let’s move on.


This is the first problem we are going to solve:

The price must be at a maximum of 60 euros.

The easiest way of checking the price range of the accommodation is using the method “.describe()” in the dataframe.



count    19877.000000
mean        95.248126
std        260.058829
min          0.000000
25%         40.000000
50%         60.000000
75%         94.000000
max      20199.000000
Name: price, dtype: float64

That’s some good news! Even though our mean is “95”, the “50%” means that 50% of our data have a value of 60 euros or below. But “0” euros doesn’t make sense for us, so to make it easier, let’s take it off. First, we need to find the entries with the 0 value and then drop them.

# Looking for the entries with 0 on the price
airdfc.loc[(airdfc["price"] <= 0 )]


Since we only have one entry in this particular case, let’s drop it.

# Let's drop it
airdfc.drop(airdfc.index[18539], inplace=True)

Final check to see with everything is alright:

After cleaning the zeros, it’s time to take all the values above 60, because as we saw before, 60 is our maximum value. Using the same logic used for zeros, we can check the useless daily fees. Unfortunately, we can’t use the same method as before. We would take hours to drop row by row. Let’s use something easier:

airdfc.drop(airdfc.loc[airdfc["price"]> 60].index, inplace=True)

Let’s check.

All clear!

After that, we can check how much data we still have.

print("The dataframe has {} columns and {} rows".format(airdfc.shape[1],airdfc.shape[0]))


The dataframe has 11 columns and 10177 rows

Analyzing the “minimum_nights”

As my friends will spend only 15 days in Lisbon, there is no reason why we should keep rows with more than 15 days of minimum nights, right?


And then we will have this:

count    10177.000000
mean         4.085683
std         16.321400
min          1.000000
25%          1.000000
50%          2.000000
75%          3.000000
max       1000.000000
Name: minimum_nights, dtype: float64

After looking at the stats, it is notable that 1000 days of minimum nights are totally out of our goal. So let’s get this right.

#here we drop everything bigger then 15 nights
airdfc.drop(airdfc.loc[airdfc["minimum_nights"]> 15].index, inplace=True)
#here we check if everything went right.
airdfc.loc[(airdfc["minimum_nights"] > 15 )]

Analyzing the “room_type”

As mentioned before, the family needs the entire home/apt type of staying. So it’s our job to filter that up. Let’s take a look at the distribution of the accommodations. Here we have two simple data visualizations that you can use! You can use both or choose the one you like the most.

#Figure size
fig = plt.figure(figsize=(20,10))
plt.rc("xtick", labelsize=16)
plt.rc("ytick", labelsize=20)
#Subplot so we can put two graphs in the same cell 
ax1 = fig.add_subplot(121)
#We choose the data we want to plot and set (ascending=True) so we set the order of the plot
feq1 =airdfc["room_type"].value_counts().sort_values(ascending=True)
#Color set
ax1= feq1.plot.barh(color = "gray")
#Label and fontsize
plt.ylabel("Type of accommodation",fontsize=20)
#Label and fontsize
plt.xlabel("Number of accommodations in this format", fontsize=20)
#Graph tittle and fontsize
plt.title("Types of room avaliable to rent ", fontsize=20)
#No grids


#subplot so we can put two graphs in the same cell 
ax2 = fig.add_subplot(122)
#We choose the data we want to plot and set (ascending=True) so we set the order of the plot
feq2 =airdfc["room_type"].value_counts().sort_values(ascending=False)
#color set, size and rotation "#99CCFF", width=1, rot=45)
#Graph tittle and fontsize
plt.title("Types of room avaliable to rent ", fontsize=20)
#Label and fontsize
plt.ylabel("Type of accommodation",fontsize=20)
#Label and fontsize
plt.xlabel("Number of accommodations in this format", fontsize=20)
#No grids


As our priority is “entire home/apt”, we are good! Most of the accommodations are in that format. So, let’s leave only accommodations in this format.

airdfc.drop(airdfc.loc[airdfc["room_type"]!= "Entire home/apt"].index, inplace=True)

You can use groupby again to check if everything went well.

grouped = airdfc.groupby(["room_type"]).size()


Entire home/apt    6030
dtype: int64

Analyzing and filtering “neighbourhood_group” e “neighborhood.”

In this part, we are going to analyze two variables related to the neighborhood. The “neighbourhood_group” is associated with the district. In this case, we want to select “Lisbon”, and in the variable “neighborhood”, we want to select “Parque das Naes” which is related to Parque das Nações. Let’s get to work!
As a first step, we can look at a graphic representation of the “neighborhood” variable to see what we are dealing with.
For that, we are going to create a horizontal bar plot using “plot.barh”.

#We choose the data we want to plot and set (ascending=True) so we set the order of the plot
feq =airdfc["neighbourhood_group"].value_counts().sort_values(ascending=True)
#Figsize and width
ax =feq.plot.barh(figsize=(10, 8), width=1)
#Graph tittle
plt.title("Neighbourhood_group grouped by n of accommodations", fontsize=20)
#Label and fontsize
plt.xlabel("Number of accommodations in this neighbourhood group", fontsize=20)
#No grids

## Putting the plot in the center of our notebook :)
from IPython.core.display import HTML as Center

Center(""" <style>
.output_png {
    display: table-cell;
    text-align: center;
    vertical-align: middle;
</style> """)

And after that, we can filter the desirable “neighborhood_group”.

airdfc.drop(airdfc.loc[airdfc["neighbourhood_group"]!= "Lisboa"].index, inplace=True)

And now, with the “neighborhood”.

grouped = airdfc.groupby(["neighbourhood"]).size()

The output should be like this:

Ajuda                       67
Alcntara                   100
Alvalade                    34
Areeiro                     52
Arroios                    405
Avenidas Novas              95
Beato                       41
Belm                        86
Benfica                     14
Campo de Ourique            88
Campolide                   39
Carnide                     16
Estrela                    358
Lumiar                      19
Marvila                     27
Misericrdia                906
Olivais                     38
Parque das Naes             57
Penha de Frana             143
Santa Clara                  4
Santa Maria Maior         1248
Santo Antnio               328
So Domingos de Benfica      27
So Vicente                 567
dtype: int64

As a result, we have 57 entries for “Parque das Naes” which is the neighborhood that we want. To improve our productivity, we should filter the data that we need.

airdfc.drop(airdfc[airdfc["neighbourhood"]!= "Parque das Naes"].index, inplace=True)

We should check if everything is alright.


Looks fine! But we can always improve it. How can he/she access this new dataset? To deliver an excellent final “product,” let’s save the dataset in a new place and add the prefix “” in the “id” row so the link can lead the user directly to the site room.

#add the string "" in our "id" names.
airdfc["id"] = "" + airdfc["id"].astype(str)
#save the file

The output:

And if you copy and paste the link in your browser:

To give the final touch and make it easier to check the best location, we can plot an interactive map. In this case, we can use the variables “latitude” and “longitude” to create a map in the notebook so our friends can consult anytime they want.

m = folium.Map([40 ,14], zoom_start=5,width="%100",height="%100")
#going to put our latitude and longitude in a list
locations = list(zip(airdfc.latitude, airdfc.longitude))
#Select the data for the markers and the label for it.
cluster = plugins.MarkerCluster(locations=locations,popups=airdfc["id"].tolist())
#Add the markers to the map


This project was meant to show the beginners that you could do a lot of fun stuff with just basic acknowledgment of python and some libraries. That’s no need to rush your process. Try to have fun. Try this with a cool place you want to visit after this pandemic is over, try a fancy data visualization, or filter several neighborhoods instead of just one! Play with it :smile:

This is my first article, and I really want feedback. It was a basic exploration to train some skills and attract more people with an easy and fun project. I hope you guys enjoyed it, and feel free to contact me on LinkedIn/Twitter.

Thanks for reading, and thanks to @nityesh for the kind review!