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About the Course

Apache Spark is the de-facto standard for large scale data processing. This is the first course of a series of courses towards the IBM Advanced Data Science Specialization. We strongly believe that is is crucial for success to start learning a scalable data science platform since memory and CPU constraints are to most limiting factors when it comes to building advanced machine learning models. In this course we teach you the fundamentals of Apache Spark using python and pyspark. We'll introduce Apache Spark in the first two weeks and learn how to apply it to compute basic exploratory and data pre-processing tasks in the last two weeks. Through this exercise you'll also be introduced to the most fundamental statistical measures and data visualization technologies. This gives you enough knowledge to take over the role of a data engineer in any modern environment. But it gives you also the basis for advancing your career towards data science. Please have a look at the full specialization curriculum: If you choose to take this course and earn the Coursera course certificate, you will also earn an IBM digital badge. To find out more about IBM digital badges follow the link After completing this course, you will be able to: • Describe how basic statistical measures, are used to reveal patterns within the data • Recognize data characteristics, patterns, trends, deviations or inconsistencies, and potential outliers. • Identify useful techniques for working with big data such as dimension reduction and feature selection methods • Use advanced tools and charting libraries to: o improve efficiency of analysis of big-data with partitioning and parallel analysis o Visualize the data in an number of 2D and 3D formats (Box Plot, Run Chart, Scatter Plot, Pareto Chart, and Multidimensional Scaling) For successful completion of the course, the following prerequisites are recommended: • Basic programming skills in python • Basic math • Basic SQL (you can get it easily from if needed) In order to complete this course, the following technologies will be used: (These technologies are introduced in the course as necessary so no previous knowledge is required.) • Jupyter notebooks (brought to you by IBM Watson Studio for free) • ApacheSpark (brought to you by IBM Watson Studio for free) • Python We've been reported that some of the material in this course is too advanced. So in case you feel the same, please have a look at the following materials first before starting this course, we've been reported that this really helps. Of course, you can give this course a try first and then in case you need, take the following courses / materials. It's free... This course takes four weeks, 4-6h per week...

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Jul 21, 2021

Nice course. Learned the basics of a lot of different topics. Nice to do a large Data Science project in the last part. So you can apply all learned theory


Jun 19, 2021

Great Course but this would have been even a better course if more concepts and details were covered in it. Anyways, still a great course for beginners

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May 31, 2020

Simply a great experience, very helpful, and to the point explanations.

By Rahith K

May 6, 2020

Great course with many opportunities to learn and apply what you learn.

By Vishal S

Sep 24, 2018

This was really awesome. I eventually got better at this. Good course.

By Lu L

Jun 28, 2020

Generally, quite useful, but the program assignment is relative easy.

By Pawel P

Apr 23, 2019

Too easy to be called advanced. I look forward to seeing what's next.

By Joseph A

Oct 8, 2021

Great course with details information about big data as well IBM AI

By Vasilis K

Jul 28, 2019

Very very good instructor!! And the course was very well structured!

By Prithvi S

Oct 28, 2019

Great course, I really liked Romeo's explanation and learned a lot.

By Srinivasa R C

Jan 1, 2020

Simply course has a very different and amazing nuances of learning

By Muyanja S Z

Nov 12, 2019

This has been an interesting and intellectually nourishing course

By George D

Jan 5, 2019

Great! Good demonstration of basic stats using IBM Cloud & Spark.

By Ulugbek D

Jan 26, 2020

General into into how to deal with large data using Apache Spark


Jun 5, 2017

This is a very nice introductory course for exploring IoT data.

By Rahul

Jul 16, 2020

Romeo is Very good at explaining complex things in easy words.

By Vignesh

Jun 27, 2020

Excellent opportunity for beginners to gain knowledge on Spark

By Erik A

Mar 7, 2017

This was a good course. The autograder has some issues though.

By Eric B

May 10, 2020

Phenomenal course with great instructor. Definitely recommend

By Sushil A

Apr 19, 2020

A nice course, more practical examples will be appreciated.

By Tom V

Nov 22, 2019

Nice course covering the basics. Not very difficult though.

By Santos P C

Apr 25, 2017

I like it for beginners. Is a good satarting point. Thanks.


Aug 15, 2021

Wanna talk to your big data? This is where you start.....


Jul 3, 2020

Good experience and the pace of the course was a bit fast.

By Rohith P

Mar 30, 2019

Good introduction course to Apache Spark and its internals

By likhith k

Nov 27, 2020

Course gives a clear knowledge on basics of data science.

By ojo s

Oct 9, 2020

Very detailed and well taught. The tutor did a great job