About this Specialization

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Drive better business decisions with an overview of how big data is organized, analyzed, and interpreted. Apply your insights to real-world problems and questions. ********* Do you need to understand big data and how it will impact your business? This Specialization is for you. You will gain an understanding of what insights big data can provide through hands-on experience with the tools and systems used by big data scientists and engineers. Previous programming experience is not required! You will be guided through the basics of using Hadoop with MapReduce, Spark, Pig and Hive. By following along with provided code, you will experience how one can perform predictive modeling and leverage graph analytics to model problems. This specialization will prepare you to ask the right questions about data, communicate effectively with data scientists, and do basic exploration of large, complex datasets. In the final Capstone Project, developed in partnership with data software company Splunk, you’ll apply the skills you learned to do basic analyses of big data.
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Learner Career Outcomes
45%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
21%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 8 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Korean, Hindi, Persian, Chinese (Simplified), Polish...

There are 6 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Introduction to Big Data

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stars
7,616 ratings
1,811 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Big Data Modeling and Management Systems

4.4
stars
2,522 ratings
408 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Big Data Integration and Processing

4.4
stars
1,885 ratings
397 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Machine Learning With Big Data

4.6
stars
1,843 ratings
385 reviews

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in about 7 months.

  • 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.

  • This specialization relies on several open-source software tools, including Apache Hadoop. All required software can be downloaded and installed free of charge (except for data charges from your internet provider). Software requirements include: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.10+, Ubuntu 14.04+ or CentOS 6+ VirtualBox 5+

  • We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.

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  • You will be able to process, analyze, and interpret massive and complex data using current big data technologies. You will have the basic skills to model, manage and process big data of various sources and formats.

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