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Apache Spark as Cross-Over Hit for Data Science

We're excited to host Sean Owen! Sean is Director of Data Science at Cloudera, based in London. Before Cloudera, he founded Myrrix Ltd, a company commercializing large-scale real-time recommender systems on Apache Hadoop. He has been a primary committer and VP for Apache Mahout, and co-author of Mahout in Action. Previously, Sean was a senior engineer at Google.

Apache Spark as Cross-Over Hit for Data Science

Spark is getting a lot of buzz lately. It's now a top-level Apache project, and is integrated now with Hadoop. Its programming model is attractively simple compared to MapReduce, and for iterative computations often found in machine learning, can be much faster.

It has the potential to be a 'cross-over' platform for both
exploratory and operational data scientists, and offers elements familiar to Java, Hadoop, R, and Python developers.

This talk will briefly introduce Spark, and the features that make it attractive to different data science "camps".

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  • Anastasiia D.

    Anyone to attend the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona or Wearable Technology Show in London? Would you like to meet the authors of 100% free open-source (Apache 2.0) framework for IoT products and applications named Kaa, you are welcome to reach me

    February 19, 2015

  • Benjamin H.

    Will there be a call-in or live streaming option?

    June 14, 2014

    • Ryan

      Any luck with the video?

      June 27, 2014

    • Cedric H.

      We're working on editing it. It should be up sometime in the next week or two hopefully.

      June 27, 2014

  • Jeevan J.

    Really good.

    June 26, 2014

  • Dean W.

    Talk was too short.

    June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sound system made me sick

    June 26, 2014

  • Dean W.

    I've been working with Spark a lot at Typesafe. If you want to learn about Spark, try my hands-on workshop: or

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Bob P.

    Enjoyed the meetup! Always love hearing about Data Science on the JVM.

    June 25, 2014

  • Matthew L.

    I didn't realize the venue was so far away. Won't be able to make it. Be sure to post the video or presentations if you can. Thanks!

    June 25, 2014

  • Venkata P.

    Can't make it today. Hopefully its recorded. Releasing a spot.

    June 25, 2014

  • Ayemon M.

    I won't be able to make it today. Freeing up my spot.

    June 25, 2014

  • Prabhakaran P.

    Any chance for 1 more spot?

    June 24, 2014

    • Guru Dharmateja M.

      Looks like Audrey is not going to the meetup today. Check with the organizer

      June 25, 2014

  • Audrey H.

    So totally overbooked for tonight. Giving up my spot for someone on the waiting list.

    June 25, 2014

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