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

Course Description

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.
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.
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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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


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.

Who is this course intended for?

Analysts who want to leverage Spark for analyzing interesting datasets.
Data Scientists who want a single engine for analyzing and modelling data as well as productionizing it.

Engineers who want to use a distributed computing engine for batch or stream processing or both.


Your Instructor


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 Learnsector!

We hope you will try our offerings and think you’ll like them 🙂

Course Curriculum

Introduction 00:00:00
Introduction to Spark
What does Donald Rumsfeld have to do with data analysis? 00:00:00
Why is Spark so cool? 00:00:00
An introduction to RDDs – Resilient Distributed Datasets 00:00:00
Built-in libraries for Spark 00:00:00
Installing Spark 00:00:00
The PySpark Shell 00:00:00
Transformations and Actions 00:00:00
See it in Action : Munging Airlines Data with PySpark – I 00:00:00
[For Linux/Mac OS Shell Newbies] Path and other Environment Variables 00:00:00
Resilient Distributed Datasets
RDD Characteristics: Partitions and Immutability 00:00:00
RDD Characteristics: Lineage, RDDs know where they came from 00:00:00
What can you do with RDDs? 00:00:00
Create your first RDD from a file 00:00:00
Average distance travelled by a flight using map() and reduce() operations 00:00:00
Get delayed flights using filter(), cache data using persist() 00:00:00
Average flight delay in one-step using aggregate() 00:00:00
Frequency histogram of delays using countByValue() 00:00:00
See it in Action : Analyzing Airlines Data with PySpark – II 00:00:00
Advanced RDDs: Pair Resilient Distributed Datasets
Special Transformations and Actions 00:00:00
Average delay per airport, use reduceByKey(), mapValues() and join() 00:00:00
Average delay per airport in one step using combineByKey() 00:00:00
Get the top airports by delay using sortBy() 00:00:00
Lookup airport descriptions using lookup(), collectAsMap(), broadcast() 00:00:00
See it in Action : Analyzing Airlines Data with PySpark – III 00:00:00
Advanced Spark: Accumulators, Spark Submit, MapReduce , Behind The Scenes
Get information from individual processing nodes using accumulators 00:00:00
See it in Action : Using an Accumulator variable 00:00:00
Long running programs using spark-submit 00:00:00
See it in Action : Running a Python script with Spark-Submit 00:00:00
Behind the scenes: What happens when a Spark script runs? 00:00:00
Running MapReduce operations 00:00:00
See it in Action : MapReduce with Spark 00:00:00
Java and Spark
The Java API and Function objects 00:00:00
Pair RDDs in Java 00:00:00
Running Java code 00:00:00
Installing Maven 00:00:00
See it in Action : Running a Spark Job with Java 00:00:00
PageRank: Ranking Search Results
What is PageRank? 00:00:00
The PageRank algorithm 00:00:00
Implement PageRank in Spark 00:00:00
Join optimization in PageRank using Custom Partitioning 00:00:00
See it Action : The PageRank algorithm using Spark 00:00:00
Spark SQL
Dataframes: RDDs + Tables 00:00:00
See it in Action : Dataframes and Spark SQL 00:00:00
MLlib in Spark: Build a recommendations Engine
Collaborative filtering algorithms 00:00:00
Latent Factor Analysis with the Alternating Least Squares method 00:00:00
Music recommendations using the Audioscrobbler dataset 00:00:00
Implement code in Spark using MLlib 00:00:00
Spark Streaming
Introduction to streaming 00:00:00
Implement stream processing in Spark using Dstreams 00:00:00
Stateful transformations using sliding windows 00:00:00
See it in Action : Spark Streaming 00:00:00
Graph Libraries
The Marvel social network using Graphs 00:00:00

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