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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 Georgina M

Mar 21, 2017

I really enjoyed this course. It offers a complete introduction for Big Data, suitable for beginners.

By Kjell E H

Jan 30, 2017

Very informative, if you are like me, a newbie, this course gives you a good introduction to BigData.

By Keith B

Jan 28, 2017

Very informative and interesting. Instructors presented information well, and it was well organized.

By Ranga D

Sep 8, 2016

Thanks to this course I learned the basics of Big Data and looking forward to take the other courses.

By Mejzo

Aug 23, 2016

Really nice overview about Big Data .. I guess you have to watch it 2 times for better understanding.

By amol g

Oct 8, 2017

Lots of new information for beginners -> structured, delivered in clear speech, appropriate graphics

By Balaji S

Aug 1, 2017

Easy to understand and valuable course to understand big data concepts. Very good for the beginners.


Jul 22, 2020

its a nice environment to learn Big data . All the videos and PPTs are good and excellent .Thanks .

By Shivam T

Jun 7, 2020

Good course for providing basic knowledge, I would recommend going through the whole specialization

By Durgesh J

Feb 11, 2019

A highly user friendly course that teaches the concepts in a way that anyone can easily understand.

By Arindam S

Feb 23, 2017

Right kind of introduction for any beginner of Big Data ! The pace of the course is also very good.

By Ульянов Г И

Aug 3, 2020

Helps a lot with basics that help not to get lost while listening other courses on big data topic.

By Julia R G

Jul 31, 2020

I liked because its very didactic and the videos are slow, so i can go along quietly . Thank you!

By Aarthi B

Jun 15, 2020

Clearly explained the concepts with real time examples.... i really enjoyed this course. Thank you

By Dr P V

May 29, 2020

I can able to learn the course in an easy and interesting manner. Thanks for providing the course

By Khamis A M A

Jan 21, 2020

It was great information and understand the upcoming benefits of data and challenges in technology

By Kevin C

Aug 11, 2018

In a world where data is the new currency, this course is worth it's weight in gold. Great Program

By Vijay B P

Jan 17, 2018

Very awesome training! Will be benefitted with the knowledge for justifying my new job.



By Francisco M F F

Nov 19, 2017

Magnífico curso que te pone el la parrilla de salida de una carrera fascinante como es el Big Data

By vijay k A

Jun 6, 2020

Introduction to Big data course is more useful for beginners to learn about big data concetps

By Durovich A

May 5, 2019

I liked that despite a lot of theoretical information there were also good practical assignments.

By Deleted A

Apr 20, 2018

Wonderful course and material and now i'm getting ready for the next courses related to Big data!

By Brooke W L

Mar 23, 2018

Course is informational, relevant and helpful. Great start. Transcripts are also great and useful

By Raunak S

Feb 27, 2018

nice course for those who wish to get started with the basics of big data, map-reduce and hadoop.

By A A

Aug 27, 2017

Great intro to Big Data. Enough to help you decide if you want to continue learning Data Science.