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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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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.


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.

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May 1, 2020

This course was very useful and have gained knowledge related to big data

By Monica S

Nov 4, 2017

Very informational class. I really enjoyed the information and projects.

By Paresh D

Oct 5, 2017

great course to have knowledge,but shoulod have focussed more on hands on

By Maulik N

Sep 21, 2016

Wonderful introduction to Big Data concepts and well prepared material!!!

By Wen B

Aug 18, 2016

The whole course is so informative. I'm so glad that I have learnt a lot!

By Shampa S

Sep 5, 2020

Excellent Course material and teaching. I am learned the subject.Thanks.

By Abhishek K G

Jan 6, 2020

A perfect introduction to Big Data with a hands on practice of concepts.

By Claire_zyy

Nov 23, 2018

Help me have a better understanding of big data indeed.Thank you so much

By Md. F I

Sep 23, 2018

This Course is basic of Big Data Analysis and instructor done very well.

By Yogesh G

Dec 23, 2017

Very nice course. Thank you Ilkay Altintas madam and Amarnath Gupta sir.

By Ekanayake W M H R B P

Sep 3, 2017

It is a really good and productive course for the beginners in Big Data.

By loveneet k

Jul 28, 2017

Good overview to understand BIG data and technologies running behind it.


Oct 19, 2016

A very informative course to kick start on Big Data and Hadoop concepts.

By Rajeev M

Jun 2, 2021

Thanks a lot Coursera for providing such impressive learning contents.

By Ritika J

Aug 26, 2020

An amazing experience.

Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.

By Asmita D

May 28, 2020

It was very informative and made me confident about my theory knowledge

By Juan A

Mar 9, 2019

Perfect as a first step in this amazing world of Data Science&Big Data!

By Vikas G

Jan 28, 2019

Concise and Informative course! Excellent course material and teachers.

By Jamiil T A

Aug 16, 2018

It is absolutely an eye-opener course to take for a newbie to Big Data.

By Maria V

Jul 6, 2018

Very interesting to understand how it works.Not really hard. Just enjoy

By Oleg S

Jun 19, 2018

It was interesting and structured course, for start that course is good

By Huiyu W

Mar 9, 2018

Good course for Big Data beginners to get interested to big data world.

By Ankita K

Sep 7, 2020

Worth doing this course. All the basic points are covered very nicely.


Jul 13, 2020

This course is good for anyone who want to learn about basic big data.

By Gudikandula k

Jun 1, 2020

very nice experience and i felt very happy to take this course. tq sir