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What to know in data across the Bay Area and beyond this week San Francisco Chronicle - Header Logo o282 222 oo - . california @ . @ - DataDive - age3, estess eseces - egsge 008 o :: o :: Hey everyone! It’s newsletter editor Kellie Hwang, and I’m tackling Data Dive this week. Growing up in the Bay Area, my list of must-visit destinations in the area was pretty short. If I was venturing into Oakland, it was to go to an A’s game or Chinatown. Taking BART into San Francisco usually meant stops at Union Square and Haight Street. These days, I love the Ferry Building and Golden Gate Park, but have still never been to Alcatraz.  I’m sure specific words and destinations come to your mind as well when you think of Bay Area cities. That brings us to today’s data analysis, a particularly fun one from newsroom developer Emma Stiefel and data visualization engineer Andrew Williams. They analyzed thousands of Airbnb listing descriptions in the Bay Area to see what patterns emerged, and what listers think draws tourists to certain destinations.  Let’s dive in. Get this email from a friend? Sign up here.  📊 DATA DIVE The Bay Area, but in just one or two words A map of the Bay Area showing the most common words on Airbnb listings for each city @ wine and dining @ Cities and transit @ Nature @ Other When you’re looking for a vacation home, reading the descriptions are important in deciding whether it’s a good spot. Do you want to be walking distance to the beach? Close to public transit? Have lots of dining options nearby? In San Francisco, the word “restaurants” appeared in 44% of Airbnb listings, which makes sense considering the many top notch restaurants, and most of the Bay Area’s best fine dining spots. The most popular two-word phrase was “Golden Gate,” a must-see destination.  The word “wine” unsurprisingly dominates listings in many North Bay cities, where you could spent your entire vacation exploring its many fantastic wineries and barely scratch the surface. “BART” appeared in 42% of Oakland listings, and “Lake Merritt” was also a common listing. The listings also offer insights into the types of visitors each city attracts, and includes detailed tables of the common and unusual words and phrases in 72 of the Bay Area's largest cities.  Most common words and phrases on Airbnb for Bay Area cities Share of listings with word or phrase in parentheses Page1ofg4 City Word Two word phr: San Francisco restaurants 44% golden gate 30% Napa wine 65% wine country 28% san Jose downtown 42% washer dryer 28% Oakland bart 42% san francisco 44% Sonoma wine 78% wine country 54% Vallejo ferry 49% san francisco 47% Mill valley downtown 49% san francisco 46% santa Cruz beach 86% hot tub 32% santa Rosa wine 80% wine country 51% Palo Alto stanford 88% stanford university 43% How did we do that? For the analysis, Emma and Andrew looked at about 6,000 listings for the 72 cities. Andrew scraped data from Airbnb using natural language processing techniques to process the listing descriptions and find the most common and unique words, Emma explained.  They utilized a technical statistic known as tf-idf calculations (term frequency–inverse document frequency), which “shows unique terms for each city,” she said. Basically, it compares how often a term shows up in a collection of text for one group. 📋 NUMBER OF NOTE 119 Degrees Fahrenheit of the surface temperature reached in parts of the SoMa and Bayview during the 2017 Labor Day weekend heat wave. Air temperatures registered 106, the highest ever recorded in San Francisco. In this project from weather science editor Hannah Hagemann and deputy data editor Yoohyun Jung, they examine a new city report that shows San Franciscans are increasingly at risk as heat waves become more severe and frequent. A map of San Francisco showing the surface temperature by census tract during the 2017 Labor Day Weekend heat wave Average surface temperature by census tract: orF I o'F Sausalito Emery 🔎 DATA ROUNDUP For each newsletter, we highlight some of our favorite data-related stories from The Chronicle and other outlets, along with a key number from the story. Do you have suggestions? Please send them our way. Here are this week's favorites: * 600: The increase in the number of young children in Placer County from 2020 to 2022. The county is the only one in California that saw a positive growth in children under the age of 10 since the start of the pandemic, according to an analysis from Adriana Rezal. * -3.1%: The percent difference between Sonoma County’s current home price versus its peak, which is the smallest gap of all Bay Area counties. On the other end of the spectrum, reporters Danielle Echeverria and Adriana found that San Francisco has the biggest gap of -13.1%. * 34%: Acceptance rate at UC San Diego, which has the largest Asian American enrollment of any California college, according to this new analysis of California college enrollment by data visualization developer Nami Sumida. * 117: The number of arrests made by the SFPD in association with the Dolores Park hill bomb this year.  A visual story from Mission Local's Will Jarett, Gilare Zada, and Joe Rivano Barros shows how the event unfolded. 🧐 DATA TRIVIA This week we have co-Data Nerds of the Week, Mary Vanatta and returning champ Jake Bass, who both correctly answered at nearly the same time that Subway is San Francisco's most common fast-food restaurant. A footlong of congratulations to you. Here is this week's question: The great Tony Bennett passed away this week. His S.F. anthem, "(I Left My Heart) in San Francisco" has about 48 million streams on Spotify at the time of writing. Which band recorded the song with the most streams on Spotify that has the words "San Francisco" in the title? Send your name and guess to [email protected]. If you are the first to get the answer, we will pronounce you Data Nerd of the Week in our next email. 💻 MEET THE TEAM Meet the SFC data team California Data Dive is powered by journalists from across the newsroom of The San Francisco Chronicle. The data team leading the newsletter consists of (clockwise from top left): Nami Sumida, Susie Neilson, Adriana Rezal, Christian Leonard, Kellie Hwang, Yoohyun Jung and Dan Kopf. Questions, comments, feedback? Hit reply to this email. FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYouTubeLinkedInTikTok  |   |  Privacy Notice Have a news tip for The Chronicle? 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