# How R is used at Zillow to estimate housing values

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Zillow, the leading real estate and rental marketplace in the USA, uses R to estimate housing values. Zillow's signature product is the Zestimate, their estimated market value for individual homes, and it's calculated using R in a parallel batch job for 100 million homes nationwide. The process is described in this Slideshare presentation Data Science At Zillow** **by Nicholas McClure, senior data scientist at Zillow.

The Zestimate is generated through a series of processes built using various tools, including heavy doses of R, Python, Pandas, Scikit Learn, and GraphLab Create, the graph analytics software developed by Seattle-based Dato (formerly GraphLab).

The company makes extensive use of R, including the development of a proprietary software package called ZPL that functions similar to MapReduce on Hadoop, but runs on a relational database. The company is increasing its use of Python, which Zillow data scientists say is better than R for some things, such as conducting GIS analysis.

You can find more details on Zillow's data science systems at the link below.

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