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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...

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Mar 25, 2020

Excellent course! All the explanations are quite clear, a lot of good quality information provided from amazing teacher. Additionally, response times for any question is very fast.


Dec 11, 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.

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By Julien P

Dec 30, 2020

Content was good even though very basic on statistics, certainly a good intro to Spark. However, final project/quiz was nearly insulting. Code was already written 100%, and most quiz questions were about copy/pasting literal output from pre-written code. Thought a mistake was made at first.

When students follow a course with a serious intent to learn, giving them a final quiz that barely tests their knowledge is a big downer, and makes students feel like they wasted their time learning all this stuff (even though they didn't). Students had proper access to all the code they needed to write 100% of the code themselves for the final quiz. Not sure why everything was done for them in the first place.

By Anna A

Apr 17, 2020

If you have some experience with python or ML - it is an easy course to follow but seems not to be deep enough. If you are begginer in these field I do not reccomed the cource.

Not really systematic. The only thing it does: of you have and experience with python and ML it let you taske Spark. But all you skills seems to be not really used. Also the concepts of sparks seems to be hardly touched. I would call the course "Hello world"

if you are a begginner: you will not learn about ML or python. Some concepts are explained on simlpfied level that could lead to misleading.

Tests and actual topic seems to be unrelated

By Vladimir G

Jan 19, 2020

Good day whoever reads this!

First of all I'd like to say thank you for the course. This topic is pretty interesting for me and I move through this course with interest. IF you would update videos according python 3.6++ as in notebooks it would be much easier to learn and get into things. Also final assignment seems a too easy.

Also quality of sound and videos varies from week to week, and sometimes even from lesson to lesson during one week.

Good day and best luck!

By Peer B

Dec 17, 2020

The course was presented well by an enthusiastic instructor. The material covered was very good. Unfortunately the course did not offer challenging coding assignments to help the student really embrace and exercise the Apache Spark system. The graphics at times were blurry and hard to read. Suggestion: Maybe incorporate some coding assignments that are graded by the community of students in conjunction with the various tests in place now.

By Luis C

Mar 31, 2021

It is a quite basic course and the overall quality of it is not very high. There are several errors in the slides which are corrected on the go.

It is good that you get your hands dirty and have the opportunity to play around with the development environment. However, the ML algorithms and models are not very well explained in the videos and I missed deeper explanations.

By antonio

May 5, 2020

In my opinion, the quality of the videos is not good, and while the teacher explains sharing his display, the display is fog and it is so difficult to see what is doing with the code.

In addition, some classes are recorded from a teacher´s car, I may understand that in some countries it could be usual, but in another one is a signal of non-professional behaviour.

By Bea C

Oct 27, 2020

Decent overview of some of Apache Spark's features, but it seems the course team didn't really know what audience to aim for (some of the basic algorithms are reviewed but there's very little about SparkML Syntax, you're just supposed to figure it out). It would be nice to have a more hands-on approach (all the labs are just executing cells, no real exercises)

By Julian S

May 9, 2020

Its only a part of a longer course. I would have prefered the longer version without getting the feeling of missing half of the story. The final Project did not feel like i did it my self. The answers of the last to questions in the correspondig test where strange (wrong?). Nevertheless I got the feeling that the full course would have been really nice ;)

By Debayan P

Jun 4, 2020

The Course is complicated to understand for beginners. The introduction and many concepts could be more clarified at a slower pace. It would be better if the instructor could use a bit more time to teach the concepts and explain the concept of the Spark environment in general. Otherwise, the instructor has put a valiant effort.

By Bo T

Mar 29, 2020

Some of the content could have been presented more clearly and recorded in the same manner consistently, few items seemed to repeat also while other are not covered well. The code walk thought should have been better explained and with less errors/clarifications which are later explained through video quiz or overlays.

By Mitchell H

Jun 8, 2020

Good for learning the fundamentals of Spark, but unfortunately this course is becoming out of date. Many of the lectures need to be completely re-rerecorded to keep up with the evolution of spark. The quizzes are painfully easy and don't reinforce enough of the code. Needs more coding assignments. All in all, it's OK.

By Aniket A

Oct 20, 2020

This is a quick, on-point introductory course for Apache Spark, not extensive, since not many industries are going for it, but the necessary concepts like Extract, Transform and Load also know as ETL is explained very well. The instructions are bit scarce, but the notebooks helps a lot. Overall, good!

By Victor S

Sep 14, 2021

Some links is outdated during the course materials. Make sure you update all lib for use in python, such as pyspark. I would say you need a lot of prerequisites to understand all the content and mathematical terminology. Could have been better recordings with more engaging slides and information

By Jesus M G G

Dec 26, 2019

-Some videos seem outdated, and one of them doesn't have all subtitles.

-The exercises sometimes uses some models or functions not covered in the videos

-I had some issues connecting to the Spark Kernel (it was working before and then stop working. It fixed it self after a few days)

By Shivakumar K H

Apr 22, 2020

I felt that the course was filled with practicals which was explained very fast and without proper explaination. But the overall content was really good. It must have been more than 4 weeks and with proper explaination on coding part and including more related theories.

By Mohammad H

Apr 6, 2020

i like very much the Machine Learning, but the course was focusing to cover the whole functions,methods,logarithms...

but i was preferred to focus on few concepts and do more practicing on to understand more the course and to make it more beneficial in our job carrier.

By Frauke S

Mar 19, 2021

The course material seems to be copy and pasted together from other courses and the versions/classes/functions of the software have changed compared to videos and assignments. Nevertheless I got a first impression on how to work with Apache Spark/pyspark hands on.

By Dylan W

May 21, 2020

I think this is a fine introduction to Apache Spark, but the notebooks don't really require much thought to complete. It'd be nice if they were a bit more instructive. And I'm not a big fan of lecture videos just showing the instructor type the code.

By Scott P

Feb 27, 2020

The course material was clear but we are never really given any challenging practice exercises to do. The "project" at the end was litterely just running prewritten code - it would have been better if we got to write the code on our own.

By José C

Nov 17, 2020

It seems that the course is not updated for some time.

What is described in the videos not always applies to the exercises.

Some mistakes are corrected with labels on the video.

In general the quality of the materials is not great.

By Rashmin D

Apr 22, 2020

Its a good course but it duplicated content from the previous course in this specialized certification. Also speed for writing code is too fast in video. But some APIs and exercises are really good.

By Mohamed A A

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 Andres I C R

Nov 9, 2020

The objectives on each class were not clearly defined, and the videos have a lot of errors that are partially corrected but will be good if the content of the course is reviewed.

By 汪揚

Dec 11, 2020

Lectures video and practice seems not consistent. Some of the contents in the video needs to be updated, since the interface has changed in IBM studio.

By Lior D

Feb 24, 2021

Tutor was definitely knowledgeable, but i felt the course was more like a code review and more emphasis should be given to teaching/explaining.