Math 10 - Lab 3 – Cross-tabulation and Two Way Tables
In 2016, researchers from Harvard Business School conducted an experiment on the online rental company Airbnb
to explore if there is racial discrimination. Airbnb allows owners (hosts) to rent out all or part of their properties to
guests. Renters (guests) create a profile on Airbnb and hosts are allowed to accept or reject potential renters.
The researchers created 20 profiles on Airbnb that were identical in every way except for name. Based on hospital
birth records from 1974 to 1979, 10 "distinctively white" names were chosen and 10 "distinctively African-American
(black)" names were chosen. Each of these groups had 5 male and 5 female names. No photos were added to these
20 profiles. From 5 randomly selected and geographically disperse metropolitan areas, the researchers using these
20 profiles attempted to rent approximately 6400 similar properties listed on Airbnb. Each rental was for dates about
two months in the future.
The Minitab file contains 6269 records recreated from this study: data for name, race, gender, and whether or not the
applicant was accepted by the host.
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