Airbnb Ratings Regression: Neural Networks vs Boosted Decision Tree

February 14, 2018
Using a short feature list -- including city, neighborhood, etc -- we try to predict the ratings for an Airbnb apartment.
From a large feature list, arbitrarily picked some "useful" ones, like city, neighborhood, cancellation policy, host response rate, type of apartment, and log-price. Boosted Decision Tree vs Neural Networks. The trees win in terms of RMSE loss but not by much.