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About the Course

Interested in increasing your knowledge of the Big Data landscape? This course is for those new to data science and interested in understanding why the Big Data Era has come to be. It is for those who want to become conversant with the terminology and the core concepts behind big data problems, applications, and systems. It is for those who want to start thinking about how Big Data might be useful in their business or career. It provides an introduction to one of the most common frameworks, Hadoop, that has made big data analysis easier and more accessible -- increasing the potential for data to transform our world! At the end of this course, you will be able to: * Describe the Big Data landscape including examples of real world big data problems including the three key sources of Big Data: people, organizations, and sensors. * Explain the V’s of Big Data (volume, velocity, variety, veracity, valence, and value) and why each impacts data collection, monitoring, storage, analysis and reporting. * Get value out of Big Data by using a 5-step process to structure your analysis. * Identify what are and what are not big data problems and be able to recast big data problems as data science questions. * Provide an explanation of the architectural components and programming models used for scalable big data analysis. * Summarize the features and value of core Hadoop stack components including the YARN resource and job management system, the HDFS file system and the MapReduce programming model. * Install and run a program using Hadoop! This course is for those new to data science. No prior programming experience is needed, although the ability to install applications and utilize a virtual machine is necessary to complete the hands-on assignments. Hardware Requirements: (A) Quad Core Processor (VT-x or AMD-V support recommended), 64-bit; (B) 8 GB RAM; (C) 20 GB disk free. How to find your hardware information: (Windows): Open System by clicking the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties; (Mac): Open Overview by clicking on the Apple menu and clicking “About This Mac.” Most computers with 8 GB RAM purchased in the last 3 years will meet the minimum requirements.You will need a high speed internet connection because you will be downloading files up to 4 Gb in size. Software Requirements: This course relies on several open-source software tools, including Apache Hadoop. All required software can be downloaded and installed free of charge. Software requirements include: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.10+, Ubuntu 14.04+ or CentOS 6+ VirtualBox 5+....

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Sep 8, 2019

I love the course. It goes deep into the foundations, and then finishes up with an actual lab where you learn by practice. I greatly benefited from it and feel I have achieved a milestone in big data.

Aug 11, 2021

I love the course. It goes deep into the foundations, and then finishes up with an actual lab where you learn by practice. I greatly benefited from it and feel I have achieved a milestone in big data.

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By Karstein H

Dec 14, 2017

Very good introduction. With doing an actual installation of Hadoop we got valuable practical training as well.


Aug 20, 2021

Easy to follow for Beginners to Big Data. The hands-on assignment is useful for Beginners of VirtualBox and VM

By Pavan K

Apr 2, 2021

its a very good course the flow of the course is good and the guidance is very good to understand the concepts

By Wong H C

Jan 30, 2021

Course is well-paced and have assessment to reinforce the learning.

Overall very good introduction to Big Data.

By Deleted A

May 19, 2020

It is a very nice course.From this course I have learned about introduction to big data.Thanks to instructors.

By Sam P P

May 4, 2020

It's really a useful and highly informative platform that I've came across yet. Thank you to the Coursera team

By Alonso S

Jan 21, 2019

Great introduction to the topic. Look forward to more hands on, technical skill building in the next chapters.

By Ablajan S

Feb 19, 2018

Great big data introduction course . It includes theoretical and some practical knowledge. Highly recommended.

By Swapnil B

Apr 21, 2017

Excellent course for a new comer to Big Data. Helped me understand the basics of it before i can delve deeper.

By Sayed A A

Sep 11, 2020

Great introductory course on the fundamentals of Big Data. The quizzes and hands on labs were fun to work on!

By Shawn J

Jul 9, 2018

I really enjoyed the course. It was thought-provoking and practical enough to run 'Map Reduce' samples on VM!

By Johannes V

Apr 2, 2017

Great introductory course teaching the basics of Big Data and having some hands-on applications to work with.

By Parnika G

Sep 22, 2021

It covers all the main topics for big data that is required to get started. Great course with great content.

By Nakul V

Oct 9, 2020

Well structured, thought-provoking and with great labs. Made me want to learn BigData in detail. Keep it up!

By Dr. R R R

Aug 16, 2020

Course Content is precise and neatly presented. Thank you Instructor's. Learned many things about big data.

By Satwinder S

Mar 28, 2019

A very good informative course.

All the Basics concepts are represented very well. Like this course too much.


Sep 25, 2018

A nice well paced introduction to Big Data. Lays out the foundations and then gets to some basic programming

By Cai L

Sep 23, 2018

The course is well designed for beginners. the difficult level is just nice and easy to follow up and finish

By Steven V

Aug 1, 2017

Great intro course. The first 2 weeks move a bit slowly, but the final week of courses were very insightful.

By Francesco V

Apr 29, 2021

Just the course I was looking for. Great teachers, nice syllabus and super interesting real world examples.

By Sameer M

Sep 2, 2019

It is really a great course I came to know what is big data, what is Hadoop,important programs of MapReduce

By Manuel H G

Jan 17, 2018

Great and easy way to understand the basics of Big Data and it's relevance in solving modern world problems

By Fernando P W

Oct 14, 2020

Exelente curso,. It was exelente course, have to get involve in new stuff Big Data is the new era vanguard

By Gisela G

Aug 23, 2020

This curs was vero fine because I understand what the big data is and the implications in the word. Thanks


Jun 9, 2020

Nice interesting esp map reduce pgm how to use and the egs are quite interesting. I loveed it and enjoyed.