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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 09, 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.


May 25, 2018

A step by step approach stating from basic big data concept extending to Hadoop framework and hands on mapping and simple MapReduce application development effort.\n\nVery smooth learning experience.

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By Meduri H B V

Oct 09, 2020

i really completed it at ease. i'm so delighted to find such valuble courses on such platforms.

By Balaji L

Nov 20, 2019

Very good lecture and content, this course will help me to continue my journey towards Big Data


Mar 07, 2018

It was very comprehensive and well organized. Thanks for providing me such a great opportunity.

By Leonardo C M B V

Aug 23, 2017

Excellent course. It gave me quickly a good idea about how interesting is the Big Data World :)

By Nishit P

Dec 06, 2018

This is a great introduction to Big data as well as introduction to tools related to big data.

By Rodrigo C N

Jan 24, 2018

Congrats for this rich course with real and clear examples to introduce on the Big Data world.


Feb 19, 2017

Excellent introductory course. Will continue to complete more courses in this specialization.

By Jayaweera M A C U A

Aug 14, 2020

Very Simple explanations. Easy to understand. Highly recommended for a beginner for Big Data.

By Varun V

Mar 22, 2018

Awesome instructors! They provide the in depth knowledge. I am happy that i took this course.

By Jose L R

Feb 05, 2018

Interesting and useful course. It gives a good introduction to understand Big Data's begging.

By Emmanuel D

Jul 05, 2017

I've done other big data introduction basis but this one nailed it. With hands on experience.

By Elena D

Jan 10, 2017

Comprehensive introduction to Big Data and Hadoop. Great and simple explanation of MapReduce.


Jun 29, 2020

This is suitable for beginner, and especially the clearly explains the fundamental knowledge

By Kudzai M M

Mar 20, 2020

I loved the course. It ignited the love for data analysis in me! Much like solving a puzzle.

By José A B S

Apr 19, 2019

Bune curso de los elementos basícos de bigdata así como el uso de las principales variables.

By saumya m

Jun 05, 2017

very good and informative. course will let you open up your arms in the area of data science

By Muhammad I A

Mar 27, 2017

A BIG start with Big Data by understanding fundamentals and hands on experience with hadoop.

By Dr. V R P

Sep 07, 2020

Very good sessions conducted by course era and help full for my carrier.Thank you very much

By guddu m

Jul 31, 2020

this is a good introductory course for big data, with less no of hrs. and precise teaching.


Jun 15, 2020

It was a great introductory course and also I got some basic knowledge in Hadoop ecosystem.

By Eduardo P L

Jul 23, 2017

Very good introductory training.

Hope next courses in the program to be as good as this one.

By Shweta S

Jul 17, 2017

Great course! The teachers taught extremely well and made the learning process interesting.

By arnold8968

Mar 29, 2017

introduce the Hadoop framework, the data structure, and the characteristics of Big Data etc

By Pravin K

Oct 13, 2020

thanks was quite a good learning experience,hope to learn more from coursera.

By Miguel M P

Aug 22, 2020

The only thing i don't like is the autocalification of the students the are many trolls...