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2nd Spark London Meetup joint meetup with Machine Learning London

Michael Armbrust from the Apache Spark core team will be flying over from the States to give us a talk in person. Thanks to our sponsors, Cloudera, MapR and Databricks for helping make this happen.

The first part of the talk will be about  MLlib, the machine learning library for Spark, and the second part on Spark SQL.

Don't sign up if you have already signed up on the Machine Learning London page!

Abstract for part one:

In this talk, we’ll introduce Spark and show how to use it to build fast, end-to-end machine learning workflows. Using Spark’s high-level API, we can process raw data with familiar libraries in Java, Scala or Python (e.g. NumPy) to extract the features for machine learning. Then, using MLlib, its built-in machine learning library, we can run scalable versions of popular algorithms. We’ll also cover upcoming development work including new built-in algorithms and R bindings.

Abstract for part two: 

In this talk, we'll examine Spark SQL, a new Alpha component that is part of the Apache Spark 1.0 release. Spark SQL lets developers natively query data stored in both existing RDDs and external sources such as Apache Hive. A key feature of Spark SQL is the ability to blur the lines between relational tables and RDDs, making it easy for developers to intermix SQL commands that query external data with complex analytics. In addition to Spark SQL, we'll explore the Catalyst optimizer framework, which allows Spark SQL to automatically rewrite query plans to execute more efficiently.





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  • Rafal K.

    If any of you are using Cassandra you might be interested: http://www.meetup.com/Cassandra-London/events/191399512/

    June 26, 2014

  • Michael H.

    I very much enjoyed the talk and the great discussions afterwards, thanks a lot! What I didn't like was that there was a huge number of no-shows. I don't think it's right to sign up and then don't bother to adjust the RSVP status while many, many people who would have liked to come (and where on the waiting list) stayed at home because they thought they wouldn't get in. We need a solution for this problem.

    2 · June 21, 2014

    • Luis Angel Vicente S.

      Even if I agree that RVSP and then not appearing is antisocial, you are just assuming that all people that didn't show knew with enough time in advance that they couldn't do it. I'm sure that all of us here have had last minute problems (i.e. data corruption on live databases, ...) and the last thing you have in mind is to cancel a RSVP maybe just 1h before a meetup is going to happen.

      June 23, 2014

    • Peter M.

      Banning is a bit extreme.

      1 · June 24, 2014

  • Jacqueline F.

    A complementary video to the excellent Michael Armburst's talk, by Xiangru Meng from Databriks, posted online 12h ago:
    Recent Developments in Spark MLlib and Beyond
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHK452u8Naw

    Some other videos on Spark are available in the playlist of the Hadoop Summit North America 2014:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5o4P1O-WVE15EZWqayc5dw

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • sam s

    Big thanks to the organizers, sponsors and speaker. I hope very much that this meetup helps spread Spark usage. (I also hope more people learn Scala too!! IMHO Scala is the future of Data Science!!)

    3 · June 20, 2014

  • louis d v.

    great talk. precious details , hope the sparkr library project will be accelerated !

    2 · June 20, 2014

  • Shaswar B.

    Excellent talk!

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • Luis Angel Vicente S.

    It was an awesome presentation.

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • Peter M.

    Nice talk!

    June 19, 2014

  • Gavin B.

    Sorry guys, something came up at work and I cant get away tonight. Really sorry, as it looks like a really great event. I hope you all have a great evening. All the best, Gavin

    June 19, 2014

  • Enzo M.

    It seems I'still on the waiting list. Any further chance of an update?

    Also, any plan to stream (or record and upload) a video of the event?

    Thanks!

    1 · June 18, 2014

    • martin g.

      If someone volunteers to record it - yes. let me know if you're free...

      June 19, 2014

  • Shaswar B.

    Dear Mark I have been eagerly waiting for this event and was happy that finally got a place. I appreciate your recent message of deleting people who have RSPVd on both groups event .. But it was very short notice and I did have the chance to unregister myself .. Just seeing your message. Please put me back on the list, this talk is very important to what I do in my phd research.

    June 18, 2014

    • Shaswar B.

      Just to clarify a bit more, I was granted a place on the ML group, and was on waiting list on the spark group - my spark group registration should have been removed not the ML one.

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • Ricky T.

    Will this get moved to a larger venue? If'm willing to help organise that if necessary

    June 13, 2014

  • Gavin B.

    Hi Martin, thanks for sorting this out. I really appreciate it. See you next week! All the best, Gavin

    June 11, 2014

  • martin g.

    Due to a problem in configuration a few people were able to add guests to their registration. I've changed this so that guests are no longer allowed - they should register individually instead. Sorry for the hassle!

    June 11, 2014

  • Gavin B.

    Hi Martin, now the location has changed, does this free up places for those of us on the waitlist please?

    1 · June 11, 2014

    • martin g.

      This has freed up some places but there are unfortunately people who have signed up on both the meetup groups. They need to remove themselves from one of the meetup groups for the spaces to free up.

      June 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why don't we move the venue to a larger one now? The speaker flies from US and many people on the waiting list will come anyhow if they're really interested.

    June 3, 2014

    • martin g.

      I'm working on it! Any suggestions gratefully received

      June 3, 2014

  • Gavin B.

    Hi there, I agree with Jia to get a bigger venue, but then I would as I'm on the wait list!! :)

    June 3, 2014

  • Shaswar B.

    PhD student in telecoms & ML from King's College London

    May 29, 2014

  • Peter M.

    Nice.

    May 28, 2014

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