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Data Science at Scale using Spark and Hadoop


Who should attend

  • Developers
  • Data analysts
  • Statisticians


  • Proficiency in a scripting language
    • Python is strongly preferred
    • Perl or Ruby is sufficient
  • Basic knowledge of Apache Hadoop
  • Experience working in Linux environments

Course Objectives

After completing this class, you will learn:

  • How to identify potential business use cases where data science can provide impactful results
  • How to obtain, clean and combine disparate data sources to create a coherent picture for analysis
  • What statistical methods to leverage for data exploration that will provide critical insight into your data
  • Where and when to leverage Hadoop streaming and Apache Spark for data science pipelines
  • What machine learning technique to use for a particular data science project
  • How to implement and manage recommenders using Spark’s MLlib, and how to set up and evaluate data experiments
  • What are the pitfalls of deploying new analytics projects to production, at scale

Product Description

In the Data Science at Scale using Spark and Hadoop class, you will learn how scientists use data to solve problems by understanding the tools and techniques they use. Through simulations, you will apply data science methods to real-world challenges in different industries and prepare for data scientist roles in the field.


Data Science Overview

  • What Is Data Science?
  • The Growing Need for Data Science
  • The Role of a Data Scientist

Use Cases

  • Finance
  • Retail
  • Advertising
  • Defense and Intelligence
  • Telecommunications and Utilities
  • Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

Project Lifecycle

  • Steps in the Project Lifecycle
  • Lab Scenario Explanation

Data Acquisition

  • Where to Source Data
  • Acquisition Techniques

Evaluating Input Data

  • Data Formats
  • Data Quantity
  • Data Quality

Data Transformation

  • File Format Conversion
  • Joining Data Sets
  • Anonymization

Data Analysis and Statistical Methods

  • Relationship Between Statistics and Probability
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Inferential Statistics
  • Vectors and Matrices

Fundamentals of Machine Learning

  • Overview
  • The Three C’s of Machine Learning
  • Importance of Data and Algorithms
  • Spotlight: Naive Bayes Classifiers

Recommender Overview

  • What is a Recommender System?
  • Types of Collaborative Filtering
  • Limitations of Recommender Systems
  • Fundamental Concepts

Introduction to Apache Spark and MLlib

  • What is Apache Spark?
  • Comparison to MapReduce
  • Fundamentals of Apache Spark
  • Spark’s MLlib Package

Implementing Recommenders with MLlib

  • Overview of ALS Method for Latent Factor Recommenders
  • Hyperparameters for ALS Recommenders
  • Building a Recommender in MLlib
  • Tuning Hyperparameters
  • Weighting

Experimentation and Evaluation

  • Designing Effective Experiments
  • Conducting an Effective Experiment
  • User Interfaces for Recommenders

Production Deployment and Beyond

  • Deploying to Production
  • Tips and Techniques for Working at Scale
  • Summarizing and Visualizing Results
  • Considerations for Improvement
  • Next Steps for Recommenders

Price (excl. tax)
  • US$ 1,815.-

Subscription duration: 180 days


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