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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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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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By Anis R

Nov 30, 2017

Loved the course, it gave a over all understanding of Big Data and has perspective of what is of use especially in Data Science. I would recommend it if some one wants to start about Big data from base 0.

By Anastasia B

Nov 7, 2022

The beginning of the course started being a little bit slow, for me. But I found the last week very interesting and started really to understand new concepts that I believe will be useful in my career.

By Shivani K

Jan 30, 2021

The course is informative, and has good instructor, but at some point it was a little less interesting than my expectation. Other than that this course is a great platform to start learning about Data.

By Lola B

Oct 7, 2017

Great course! It provides an excellent starting point for big data, it gets you thinking about problems in a "big data way". I would recommend it to anyone who want to know what and how big data works.

By Dans S

Jul 8, 2020

The course does it job, but the lectures look outdated and lack interesting examples. A lot of classifications and definitions are presented, but it is hard to figure out how useful they really are.

By Samuel

Apr 27, 2019

Great Content with very precise approach to teaching . One could easily;y relate these complex terms to everyday lives and see clear use cases for big data . Good course to begin a big data journey!

By Vinod J

Oct 27, 2020

Hadoop commands were from the old version whereas there are new versions command also there however the content of the course was very much interactive and interesting and made the learning easy.

By Pankaj A

Feb 11, 2018

The software which is to be installed in order to do the assignment of this course must be provided in cloud or other alternatives will be provided so that each person with 4 GB Ram can install.

By Feliks V S

Oct 17, 2020

Sometime the video duration takes to long but overall is good. I like how every explanation accompanied by easy-to-understand analysis and examples of technology that are currently widely used.

By Eduardo A

Aug 31, 2020

The course was perfect until the Hadoop part. Especially because I couldn't install it in my computer following all instructions and I have no idea even how to fix it. It's also a bit outdated.


Aug 20, 2020

The course was very interesting and the instructors are also good and make you feel engaged and wanting to know more. The quizzes and most importantly the real life examples helped very much.

By Cristian D V A

Jun 11, 2022

Not all of us have powerful enough machines to download and run the programs and codes of the courses, however the course provides all the necessary knowledge, I have no complaints about it.

By alireza a s (

Mar 5, 2022

hmmm, the content is very basic as the title. its just only introduction. and also its kinda old. but the lecturers are very good and its promising for next courses. course 3/5 lecturers 5/5

By Giuseppe A

Dec 27, 2020

This was my first experience with COURSERA and I really enjoyed it. I would have given five stars but I think the last part of the course, about the use of Hadoop, was a bit too approximate.

By Yujue S

Apr 8, 2020

Course was a bit easy on average, and feel a bit isloated from instructor - can tell some information are outdated. And hope to have more hand-on practises to take away more from the course.

By Felix R

Aug 19, 2016

The course is very well made, with very clear concepts and therefore very useful to start in the world of Big Data. Recommended for anyone who wants to have a basic knowledge about Big Data.

By Vincent R

Jan 23, 2018

Very informative and interesting introductory course. The short video format allows the students to learn at pace. The course convinced me to keep going with the specialization. Well done!

By Devanshu B

Apr 27, 2020

One of the best courses for Big Data. Detailed Explanation of every aspect of Big data. And Explanation was really phenomenal. I recommend this course to those who want to start Big Data.

By Tushar T

Jun 10, 2017

The course is good for starters and needs a little more Hands on exercises needed. The cloudera VMware was painful to execute due to its slow response even with 8 Gb ram and I5 processor

By Joren Z

Jun 26, 2017

A good bird's eye overview of Big Data. The level is not high, as in the assignments are not hard or difficult. This is to be expected in an introductory overview course, of course!

By Harshitha I

May 4, 2020

The course was overall very good , they taught us well and the way of teaching was also very good . However they could solved our doubts in the discussion forums in the right time

By Niels B

Feb 17, 2018

The content of this course is very good. Also the hands on exercise at the end is very interesting. Although the formulation of the questions could sometimes be a bit more clear.

By Nafisa S

Mar 16, 2022

It was an interesting course, but had difficulty in downloading Cloudera and Virtual box. My laptop was not compatible with it. More practicals should be included in the course.

By Andreu T M

Mar 27, 2018

Great introduction to big data, do not underestimate it, it starts easy but soon it gets more complicated. Really good to bring down to earth the highly spoken term of Big Data.

By Belen S

May 24, 2018

The only negative part is that the course it´s bit long and the last Quiz it´s really complex to a non IT person as me. The conceps and the knowledge I get has been very great