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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 Pedro D O

Jan 12, 2020

Nice general introduction to the Big Data world.

By Sean W H

Jan 30, 2017

Learnt a lot about big data and its applications

By Osanyinbi S

Jul 4, 2016

Fantastic Course. I'm so happy i took this class

By Jesús G B

Apr 19, 2020

Basic Big Data concepts adquired. Thanks a lot!

By Oluwaseun P

Aug 23, 2018

Broke the topic down well into the fundamentals

By Casey S

May 28, 2018

I have enjoyed the introduction of Big Data :-)

By Jerome

May 22, 2017

Good introduction, even for complete beginners.


Sep 9, 2020

Wonderful experience.Classes were informative.

By Adam G

Jul 3, 2018

Quite good conceptual introduction to Big Data

By Khaled S

Sep 24, 2017

Great simple introduction for starter like me.

By Avik G

Nov 2, 2020

Excellent for starters! I enjoyed thoroughly.

By Bhaskar A

Jul 4, 2020

I liked the instructor's designed the course.

By Chang L

Sep 11, 2017

good fundamental course on big data concepts.

By Kurt S

Apr 12, 2017

Good first look at Big Data and the concepts.

By Ramesh P

Oct 11, 2016

Very good course for introduction to big data

By Dor H

Jul 22, 2022

really understandable but not to challenging

By Rodolfo F M

May 7, 2020

Very good material but a little out of date.

By Gherbi H

Aug 9, 2019

A very good introductory course to Big Data.

By Siddhika A

May 13, 2020

Very useful course for software engineer's.

By kailas M

May 10, 2020

awesome teaching methods and quiz formation

By Hải D N

Dec 29, 2018

Good explanation about big data foundation.

By Orest A

Jul 12, 2017

Too much presentation, more hands on needed

By Prodromos A

Aug 20, 2021

An interesting introduction to Big Data!!


Jun 15, 2021

This course was very helpful for beginners

By Rochan M

Nov 24, 2020

The course was great. Amazing instructors.