Day 3: Coached Mooc - Introduction to Big Data with Apache Spark

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Learn how to apply data science techniques using parallel programming in Apache Spark to explore big (and small) data.
Study online but work in group
Get help from a local expert

Why we coach MOOCs
The European Data Innovation Hub is partnering with top experts to offer MOOC participants the possibility to these online courses in group. During the duration of the Mooc participants will be welcome to come to the Hub to work and to go through exercises with other participants. On specific days one or more domain expert will be present to coach the students.

About this course
Organizations use their data for decision support and to build data-intensive products and services, such as recommendation, prediction, and diagnostic systems. The collection of skills required by organizations to support these functions has been grouped under the term Data Science. This course will attempt to articulate the expected output of Data Scientists and then teach students how to use PySpark (part of Apache Spark) to deliver against these expectations. The course assignments include Log Mining, Textual Entity Recognition, Collaborative Filtering exercises that teach students how to manipulate data sets using parallel processing with PySpark.

This course covers advanced undergraduate-level material. It requires a programming background and experience with Python (or the ability to learn it quickly). All exercises will use PySpark (part of Apache Spark), but previous experience with Spark or distributed computing is NOT required. Students should take this Python mini-quiz before the course and take this Python mini-course if they need to learn Python or refresh their Python knowledge.

What you’ll learn
Learn how to use Apache Spark to perform data analysis
How to use parallel programming to explore data sets
Apply Log Mining, Textual Entity Recognition and Collaborative Filtering to real world data questions
Prepare for the Spark Certified Developer exam

Meet the online instructor: Anthony D. Joseph
Meet the coach: Kris Peeters