Analytical Architectures using Hadoop & Recommendations with Mahout and CDH3

Analytical Architectures using Hadoop

In this talk, Casey will present his experiences leveraging Hadoop technologies to solve traditional "Data Warehousing" analytical needs, as well as solving new analytic scenarios, for which the Hadoop ecosystem is particularly well suited. 

BIO: Casey Kiernan / Senior Director / Data Architecture / Shopzilla, Inc. 

Casey has over 20 years experience in the database industry with over 20 US patents in the areas of Data visualization, processing and lineage. He spent 10 years as Microsoft as the Development manager for the Microsoft SQL Server Tools team. More recently, Casey worked at American Express defining a 1PB data architecture supporting Fraud analytics (using Columnar storage), and at University of Phoenix as Director/Data Architecture for their on-line classroom (using Hadoop/Hbase/Riak). Casey joined Shopzilla in October and is heading up our Hadoop strategy and analytical data architectures. 

Recommendations with Mahout and CDH3

Have you ever been recommended a friend on Facebook? Or an item you might be interested in on Amazon? If so then you’ve benefitted from the value of recommendation systems. Recommendation systems apply knowledge discovery techniques to the problem of making recommendations that are personalized for each user. Recommendation systems are one way we can use algorithms to help us sort through the masses of information to find the “good stuff” in a very personalized way. In this talk Josh takes a look at how users can get basic recommendation going with Mahout and CDH3.

BIO: Josh Patterson / Solution Architect / Cloudera.

Prior to joining Cloudera, he was responsible for bringing Hadoop into the smartgrid during his involvement in the openPDC project. His focus in the smartgrid realm with Hadoop and HBase was using machine learning to discover and index anomolies in time series data. Josh is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters of Computer Science with a thesis titled "TinyTermite: A Secure Routing Algorithm" where he worked in mesh networks and swarm algorithms. Josh has over 13 years in software development and continues to contribute to projects in the open source community.

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  • Glenn Lingle

    A good starter for bootstrapping mahout - thanks for the vid and slides pointer Andrew!

    December 15, 2011

  • Padmanabhan Pillai

    I found this meeting to be very good because of information content, presentation and clarity.

    December 8, 2011

  • David Nesbitt

    Thanks to Shopzilla for pizza and drinks. The Mahout presentation was definitely worthwhile. I appreciated the real world examples and demo files.

    December 8, 2011

  • Jody Mulkey

    We had some issues with the live feed for the second half of the presentation, but other than that the meetup was great. Casey was very dynamic and Josh did the impossible, he made Mahout approachable.

    December 8, 2011

  • Clint

    will the presentations be made available online?

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentations by Casey and Josh. Thank You!

    December 7, 2011

  • Manoj Nair

    Just joined the video stream (off now). Can someone please stream a slice of pizza in the meantime ?

    December 7, 2011

  • Bruce Williams

    Thanks Andrew

    December 7, 2011

  • Manoj Nair

    Thanks Andrew. Looking forward to join via live feed.

    December 7, 2011

  • Ashit Sawhney

    I will like to follow this online too ... so please send/post the link for this meeting. Thanks

    December 7, 2011

  • Bruce Williams

    Will it be put on the net somewhere after the meeting? Are other meetings video available?

    December 7, 2011

  • Manoj Nair


    would there be a live feed like last time ?

    December 6, 2011

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