Thanks to former Cloudera intern Jose Cambronero for the post below about his summer project, which involved contributions to MLlib in Apache Spark.
Data can come in many shapes and forms, and can be described in many ways. Statistics like the mean and standard deviation of a sample provide descriptions of some of its important qualities. Less commonly used statistics such as skewness and kurtosis provide additional perspective into the data’s profile.
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,
Apache Spark continues to be a major theme in the Strata + Hadoop World conference series; here are highlights at NYC next week.
Strata + Hadoop World NYC 2015 (Sept. 29-Oct. 1; if you haven’t registered yet, a 20% discount is still available) is a learning bonanza for many reasons, but this year the focus on Apache Spark and its growing importance in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem is notable.
The super-active Apache Spark community is exerting a strong gravitational pull within the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. I recently had that opportunity to ask Cloudera’s Apache Spark committers (Sean Owen, Imran Rashid [PMC], Sandy Ryza, and Marcelo Vanzin) for their perspectives about how the Spark community has worked and is working together, and the work to be done via the One Platform initiative to make the Spark stack enterprise-ready.
Recent Impala testing demonstrates its scalability to a large number of concurrent users.
Impala, the open source MPP query engine designed for high-concurrency SQL over Apache Hadoop, has seen tremendous adoption across enterprises in industries such as financial services, telecom, healthcare, retail, gaming, government, and advertising. Impala has unlocked the ability to use business intelligence (BI) applications on Hadoop; these applications support critical business needs such as data discovery,