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About the Course

This course will empower you with the skills to scale data science and machine learning (ML) tasks on Big Data sets using Apache Spark. Most real world machine learning work involves very large data sets that go beyond the CPU, memory and storage limitations of a single computer. Apache Spark is an open source framework that leverages cluster computing and distributed storage to process extremely large data sets in an efficient and cost effective manner. Therefore an applied knowledge of working with Apache Spark is a great asset and potential differentiator for a Machine Learning engineer. After completing this course, you will be able to: - gain a practical understanding of Apache Spark, and apply it to solve machine learning problems involving both small and big data - understand how parallel code is written, capable of running on thousands of CPUs. - make use of large scale compute clusters to apply machine learning algorithms on Petabytes of data using Apache SparkML Pipelines. - eliminate out-of-memory errors generated by traditional machine learning frameworks when data doesn’t fit in a computer's main memory - test thousands of different ML models in parallel to find the best performing one – a technique used by many successful Kagglers - (Optional) run SQL statements on very large data sets using Apache SparkSQL and the Apache Spark DataFrame API. Enrol now to learn the machine learning techniques for working with Big Data that have been successfully applied by companies like Alibaba, Apple, Amazon, Baidu, eBay, IBM, NASA, Samsung, SAP, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, Zalando and many others. NOTE: You will practice running machine learning tasks hands-on on an Apache Spark cluster provided by IBM at no charge during the course which you can continue to use afterwards. Prerequisites: - basic python programming - basic machine learning (optional introduction videos are provided in this course as well) - basic SQL skills for optional content The following courses are recommended before taking this class (unless you already have the skills) or similar or similar for optional lectures...

Top reviews


Dec 12, 2019

Really really REALLY enjoyed this course! The instructor does a masterful job of going from simple examples and building up complexity in a very logical and thorough way.


May 01, 2020

I like the example given and step by step tutorial given. The explanation of why things are the way they are designed certainly helped me understand the concept. Kudos.

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By Ait A O M

Mar 24, 2020

Overly, It is a well structured and oriented course, especially the practice part. However, the lectures could have been improved and made clearer. Thank you for all your efforts.

By Jesus C

Jul 12, 2020

The course teaches the very basics in a pretty simplistic manner. I think both videos and labs could be more descriptive and illustrative.

By César A C

Apr 26, 2020

Very precise examples of parallel process to make predictions but may be not as demanding as other courses. The exercises where too easy.

By Jasper v H

Jul 24, 2020

Good introduction to Spark, but very little playing around with ML.

Also, the UI for IBM Watson keeps changing and is really frustrating.

By Diego D

Jul 13, 2020

This course is outdated, and there are a lot of errors in the presentation.

I think most of the videos in the course need to be updated.

By Ratnakar M

Jan 16, 2020

Content was ok , IBM has better course production than this , sorry to say , i m very grateful for the effort

tutor took . Thanks


Jan 11, 2020

This deeply need a much more detailed course on Apache Spark. You need far more than this course to actually get into PySpark.

By Binod M

Aug 11, 2020

Good introduction but seemed rushed and felt like it had lot of gaps . But the explanations that were given were very nice

By Aleksei K

Jan 22, 2020

Hard to listen video without subtitles.

It be better to show how create a notebook in the watson on the first lecture.


Jun 27, 2020

It would be nice to have an updated course content video. Other IBM courses are much more updated and interesting.

By Michael E

Feb 03, 2020

There was not enough learning about how to use ApacheSpark, it was more of a show what it can do.

By Abrar J

May 23, 2020

I think representation should be better and provided coding notebook should be self explanatory.

By Regi M

Jun 15, 2020

The instructor in this course lacks thorough explanation of the topics being discussed.

By Jason A

Feb 05, 2020

more hands-on would be nice, rather than having so much of the code pre-written

By Bhaskar N S

Apr 04, 2020

Compared to other courses in AI Engineering, this one was a bit too technical

By Vitor M A

Jun 05, 2020

Content was ok. Not many insights why Apache is better/faster than others.


Jul 21, 2020

Not Clearly Understandable. Lack of Deep Knowledge provided on the course

By Sascha B

Jul 26, 2020

Very high level, exercises could have been more challenging and hands-on

By Tarun

Jun 01, 2020

Concepts not explained well, have to watch videos twice to understand.

By Aaditya M

Jun 26, 2020

Videos are outdated which makes it hard to follow along sometimes.

By Wenbo Z

May 26, 2020

The contents are not well-organized and sometimes confusing.


Aug 01, 2020

The course is outdated. exemples in old version of spark

By Xueling L

Jun 11, 2020

Video is too blurry and so is the content of course.

By مجید د

May 24, 2020

course video's need a complete revision

By Aditya K

Aug 04, 2020

The content is not detailed enough