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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 chaitanya

Jul 3, 2017

Keeping things in general perspective before getting technical has helped me a lot to understand.

By Luis A R G

Mar 2, 2017

Excelent course about basic knowlegment of Big Data, Exceleent materials and examples. Recomended

By Marcelo J T

Jan 22, 2021

I really liked the course, I laid the foundations that are needed to enter the world of big data

By Aneesh S

Jun 12, 2020

The course was very informative and technical, yet very easy to understand, even for a beginner!

By Joris B

Dec 31, 2019

The level of the course is great for beginners. While pushing you to learn new concepts quickly.

By Denise D

Jul 1, 2018

This was so informative and accessible to anyone who doesn't have any knowledge of data science.

By Ramachandran M

Feb 3, 2018

Really great experience to learn a course with such good material and example. Thanks coursera..

By Meduri H B V

Oct 8, 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

By Explore N

Mar 7, 2018

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

By Leonardo C M B V

Aug 22, 2017

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

By Alejandra M P

Jun 8, 2022

fue dificil en cuanto a que es en ingles y soy de habla hispana, pero agradezco los subtitulos

By Talha A

Dec 20, 2021

It was excellent learning this course the instructor taught beautifully each and every concept

By Nishit P

Dec 6, 2018

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

By Rodrigo C N

Jan 23, 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 21, 2018

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

By Jose L R

Feb 5, 2018

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

By Emmanuel D

Jul 5, 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.

By Stefan S

May 16, 2022

Thousand thanks for Ilkay Altintas, thanks for Amarnath Gupta and for the SDSC. Best regards


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.