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Get your data to fly using Spark for analytics, machine learning and data science​
4.6 (154 ratings)
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Created by Loony Corn
Last updated 10/2016
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  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 59 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use Spark for a variety of analytics and Machine Learning tasks
  • Implement complex algorithms like PageRank or Music Recommendations
  • Work with a variety of datasets from Airline delays to Twitter, Web graphs, Social networks and Product Ratings
  • Use all the different features and libraries of Spark : RDDs, Dataframes, Spark SQL, MLlib, Spark Streaming and GraphX
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  • The course assumes knowledge of Python. You can write Python code directly in the PySpark shell. If you already have IPython Notebook installed, we'll show you how to configure it for Spark
  • For the Java section, we assume basic knowledge of Java. An IDE which supports Maven, like IntelliJ IDEA/Eclipse would be helpful
  • All examples work with or without Hadoop. If you would like to use Spark with Hadoop, you'll need to have Hadoop installed (either in pseudo-distributed or cluster mode).

Taught by a 4 person team including 2 Stanford-educated, ex-Googlers  and 2 ex-Flipkart Lead Analysts. This team has decades of practical experience in working with Java and with billions of rows of data. 

Get your data to fly using Spark for analytics, machine learning and data science 

Let’s parse that.

What's Spark? If you are an analyst or a data scientist, you're used to having multiple systems for working with data. SQL, Python, R, Java, etc. With Spark, you have a single engine where you can explore and play with large amounts of data, run machine learning algorithms and then use the same system to productionize your code.

Analytics: Using Spark and Python you can analyze and explore your data in an interactive environment with fast feedback. The course will show how to leverage the power of RDDs and Dataframes to manipulate data with ease. 

Machine Learning and Data Science : Spark's core functionality and built-in libraries make it easy to implement complex algorithms like Recommendations with very few lines of code. We'll cover a variety of datasets and algorithms including PageRank, MapReduce and Graph datasets. 

What's Covered:

Lot's of cool stuff ..

  • Music Recommendations using Alternating Least Squares and the Audioscrobbler dataset
  • Dataframes and Spark SQL to work with Twitter data
  • Using the PageRank algorithm with Google web graph dataset
  • Using Spark Streaming for stream processing 
  • Working with graph data using the  Marvel Social network dataset 

.. and of course all the Spark basic and advanced features: 

  • Resilient Distributed Datasets, Transformations (map, filter, flatMap), Actions (reduce, aggregate) 
  • Pair RDDs , reduceByKey, combineByKey 
  • Broadcast and Accumulator variables 
  • Spark for MapReduce 
  • The Java API for Spark 
  • Spark SQL, Spark Streaming, MLlib and GraphFrames (GraphX for Python) 

Using discussion forums

Please use the discussion forums on this course to engage with other students and to help each other out. Unfortunately, much as we would like to, it is not possible for us at Loonycorn to respond to individual questions from students:-(

We're super small and self-funded with only 2 people developing technical video content. Our mission is to make high-quality courses available at super low prices.

The only way to keep our prices this low is to *NOT offer additional technical support over email or in-person*. The truth is, direct support is hugely expensive and just does not scale.

We understand that this is not ideal and that a lot of students might benefit from this additional support. Hiring resources for additional support would make our offering much more expensive, thus defeating our original purpose.

It is a hard trade-off.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Who is the target audience?
  • Yep! Analysts who want to leverage Spark for analyzing interesting datasets
  • Yep! Data Scientists who want a single engine for analyzing and modelling data as well as productionizing it.
  • Yep! Engineers who want to use a distributed computing engine for batch or stream processing or both
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Curriculum For This Course
53 Lectures
You, This Course and Us
1 Lecture 02:15
Introduction to Spark
9 Lectures 01:30:07

He has a great categorization for insights in data, really!

There is a profound truth in here which data scientists and analysts have known for years.

Preview 08:45

Explore, investigate and find patterns in data. Build fully fledged, scalable productions system. All using the same environment.

Why is Spark so cool?

RDDs are pretty magical, they are the core programming abstraction in Spark

An introduction to RDDs - Resilient Distributed Datasets

Spark is even more powerful because of the packages that come with it. Spark SQL, Spark Streaming, MLlib and GraphX.

Built-in libraries for Spark

Let's get started by installing Spark. We'll also configure Spark to work with IPython Notebook

Installing Spark

Start munging data using the PySpark REPL environment.

The PySpark Shell

Operations on data, transform data to extract information and then  retrieve results.

Transformations and Actions

We've learnt a little bit about how Spark and RDDs work. Let's see it in action! 

See it in Action : Munging Airlines Data with PySpark - I

If you are unfamiliar with softwares that require working with a shell/command line environment, this video will be helpful for you. It explains how to update the PATH environment variable, which is needed to set up most Linux/Mac shell based softwares. 

[For Linux/Mac OS Shell Newbies] Path and other Environment Variables
Resilient Distributed Datasets
9 Lectures 01:22:13

RDDs are very intuitive to use. What are some of the characteristics that make RDDs performant, resilient and efficient? 

Preview 12:35

Lazy evaluation of RDDs is possible because RDDs can reconstruct themselves. They know where they came from.

RDD Characteristics: Lineage, RDDs know where they came from

A quick overview of all operations and transformations on RDDs

What can you do with RDDs?

Parse a CSV file, transform is using the map() operation, create Flight objects on the fly.

Create your first RDD from a file

Use the flights dataset to get interesting insights.

Average distance travelled by a flight using map() and reduce() operations

Cache RDDs in memory to optimize operations using persist()

Get delayed flights using filter(), cache data using persist()

Use the aggregate() operation to calculate average flight delays in one step. Much more compact than map() and reduce().

Average flight delay in one-step using aggregate()

This is surprisingly simple!

Frequency histogram of delays using countByValue()

See all of the RDD operations in action. Using map, reduce, aggregate to analyze Airline data.

See it in Action : Analyzing Airlines Data with PySpark - II
Advanced RDDs: Pair Resilient Distributed Datasets
6 Lectures 01:08:24

Pair RDDs are special types of RDDs where every record is a key value pair. All normal actions and transformations apply to these in addition to some special ones.

Preview 14:45

Pair RDDs are useful to get information on a per-key basis. Sales per city, delays per airport etc.

Average delay per airport, use reduceByKey(), mapValues() and join()

Instead of 3 steps use just one to get the average delay per airport.

Average delay per airport in one step using combineByKey()

Sort RDDs easily

Get the top airports by delay using sortBy()

Looking up airport descriptions in a pair RDD can be done in many ways, understand how each work.

Lookup airport descriptions using lookup(), collectAsMap(), broadcast()

Analyze airlines data with the help of Pair RDDs. 

See it in Action : Analyzing Airlines Data with PySpark - III
Advanced Spark: Accumulators, Spark Submit, MapReduce , Behind The Scenes
7 Lectures 56:30

Accumulators are special variables which allow the main driver program to collect information from nodes on which the actual processing takes place.

Get information from individual processing nodes using accumulators

See it in Action : Using an Accumulator variable

Spark is more than just the Read-Evaluate-Print Loop environment, it can run long running programs as well.

Long running programs using spark-submit

See it in Action : Running a Python script with Spark-Submit

How does Spark submit jobs for distributed processing? How does the scheduler work? What does the cluster manager do? All this and more in this behind the scenes.

Behind the scenes: What happens when a Spark script runs?

MapReduce is a powerful paradigm for distributed processing. Many tasks lend themselves well to this model and Spark has transformations which deal with this beautifully.

Running MapReduce operations

See it in Action : MapReduce with Spark
Java and Spark
5 Lectures 32:04

Spark works with Java as well. If that is your language of choice then you have reason to rejoice.

Preview 15:58

Pair RDDs in Java have to be created explicitly, a tuple RDD is not automatically a Pair RDD

Pair RDDs in Java

Using spark-submit with Java code.

Running Java code

Maven is a prerequisite to compiling and building your Java JARs for Spark. 

Installing Maven

See it in Action : Running a Spark Job with Java
PageRank: Ranking Search Results
5 Lectures 46:13

The PageRank algorithm

This will be way simpler than the explanation.

Implement PageRank in Spark

Optimize the algorithm by making joins more performant

Join optimization in PageRank using Custom Partitioning

Spark SQL
2 Lectures 20:53

Pretend data is in a relational database using Dataframes. Dataframes are also RDDs, you get the best of both worlds!

Dataframes: RDDs + Tables

See it in Action : Dataframes and Spark SQL
MLlib in Spark: Build a recommendations engine
4 Lectures 47:54

This is a family of algorithms which give recommendations based on user data and user preferences.

Preview 12:19

One type of collaborative filtering algorithm is latent factor analysis. There is some math here but don't worry, MLlib takes care of all this for you.

Latent Factor Analysis with the Alternating Least Squares method

Let's write a recommendation engine for music services

Music recommendations using the Audioscrobbler dataset

The code in Spark is surprisingly simple.

Implement code in Spark using MLlib
Spark Streaming
4 Lectures 34:32

Spark can process streaming data in near real time using DStreams. 

Preview 09:55

A script to parse logs in real time

Implement stream processing in Spark using Dstreams

Stateful transformations allow cumulative results across a stream using a sliding window.

Stateful transformations using sliding windows

See it in Action : Spark Streaming
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Loony Corn
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An ex-Google, Stanford and Flipkart team

Loonycorn is us, Janani Ravi and Vitthal Srinivasan. Between us, we have studied at Stanford, been admitted to IIM Ahmedabad and have spent years  working in tech, in the Bay Area, New York, Singapore and Bangalore.

Janani: 7 years at Google (New York, Singapore); Studied at Stanford; also worked at Flipkart and Microsoft

Vitthal: Also Google (Singapore) and studied at Stanford; Flipkart, Credit Suisse and INSEAD too

We think we might have hit upon a neat way of teaching complicated tech courses in a funny, practical, engaging way, which is why we are so excited to be here on Udemy!

We hope you will try our offerings, and think you'll like them :-)