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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 Sanket s

Sep 16, 2018

Really good start to the journey of learning about Big Data

By 学洲 刘

Jan 12, 2018

This course makes understand the foundation about Big Data.

By Lokesh K

Dec 6, 2018

A very good course for basic knowledge regarding Big Data.

By Miguel G

Oct 28, 2018

Good starting point if your do not know what is it about.


Sep 3, 2018

More videos or excercises for the final quiz are required

By Satyam S

Jul 25, 2018

Good Course if you want a basic introduction to big data.

By Jorge O

Mar 30, 2017

Simple introduction, easy to follow. Probably too simple.

By Kishor B b

Apr 25, 2020

it is very good who want to make carrier as hadoop admin

By Sakshi M K

Jul 17, 2019

I think there should be more handson rather than theory

By Andreas Z

Sep 10, 2018

Very nice intro, but sometimes presentation is too slow

By Isro S

Oct 5, 2020

good understanding for my very first time in big data

By Herbert S C

Feb 5, 2018

Very good introduction! Several subjects are covered.

By Kevin L S

Sep 5, 2016

Great introduction to Big Data concepts and MapReduce

By Wee W X

Jul 23, 2020

should always place slides before video presentation

By Ing. J H B S

Mar 13, 2018

Excellent course for Big Data introductory concepts!

By Deep N S

Jan 28, 2018

Some provision to ask doubts should also be provided

By Zeeb

May 29, 2017

This is a good course. Very basic overview of Hadoop

By Vladimir C

Feb 4, 2017

Interesting overview, more examples will perfect it!

By Suraj J W

Jun 8, 2019

Over all nice course. It should have more hands on.

By Soe S N

Mar 18, 2019

Can get the basic knowledge and hand on experience.

By Minal g

Jan 5, 2018

Clears the basic concepts of big data very well. :)

By Gonzalo M

Apr 9, 2021

Great introduction course into the big data world.

By Alyssa M

Jul 8, 2020

good course to review the fundamentals of big data

By Kirti D U

Sep 16, 2019

Really useful, could have better practical things.

By Edmund

Oct 25, 2018

Very good course introduction to big data overview