Author Archives: Juliet Hougland

Making Python on Apache Hadoop Easier with Anaconda and CDH

Categories: CDH Cloudera Manager Data Science Spark

Enabling Python development on CDH clusters (for PySpark, for example) is now much easier thanks to new integration with Continuum Analytics’ Python platform (Anaconda).

Python has become an increasingly popular tool for data analysis, including data processing, feature engineering, machine learning, and visualization. Data scientists and data engineers enjoy Python’s rich numerical and analytical libraries—such as NumPy, pandas, and scikit-learn—and have long wanted to apply them to large datasets stored in Apache Hadoop clusters.

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How-to: Prepare Your Apache Hadoop Cluster for PySpark Jobs

Categories: CDH Hadoop How-to Spark

Proper configuration of your Python environment is a critical pre-condition for using Apache Spark’s Python API.

One of the most enticing aspects of Apache Spark for data scientists is the API it provides in non-JVM languages for Python (via PySpark) and for R (via SparkR). There are a few reasons that these language bindings have generated a lot of excitement: Most data scientists think writing Java or Scala is a drag,

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How-to: Translate from MapReduce to Apache Spark (Part 2)

Categories: How-to MapReduce Spark

The conclusion to this series covers Combiner-like aggregation functionality, counters, partitioning, and serialization.

Apache Spark is rising in popularity as an alternative to MapReduce, in a large part due to its expressive API for complex data processing. A few months ago, my colleague, Sean Owen wrote a post describing how to translate functionality from MapReduce into Spark, and in this post, I’ll extend that conversation to cover additional functionality.

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