Integrating Machine Learning Models into Your Big Data Pipelines in Real-Time With No Coding

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[Editor’s note: This article was originally published on the Hortonworks Community Connection, but reproduced here because CDSW is now available on both Cloudera and Hortonworks platforms.]

Using Deployed Models as a Function as a Service

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Using Cloudera Data Science Workbench with Apache NiFi, we can easily call functions within our deployed models from Apache NiFi as part of flows. I am working against CDSW on HDP (,  but it will work for all CDSW regardless of install type.

In my simple example, I built a Python model that uses TextBlob to run sentiment analysis against a passed-in sentence. It returns Sentiment Polarity and Subjectivity, which we can immediately act upon in our flow.

CDSW is extremely easy to work with and I was up and running in a few minutes. For my model, I created a python 3 script and a shell script for install details. Both of these artifacts are available here:

My Apache NiFi 1.8 flow is here (I use no custom processors): cdsw-twitter-sentiment.xml.

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Deploying a Machine Learning Model as a REST Service

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Once you login to CDSW, you may create a project or choose an existing one ( From your project, open workbench and you can install some libraries and test some Python. I am using a Python 3 session to download the TextBlob/NLTK Corpora for NLP.

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Let’s Pip Install Some Libraries for Testing

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Let’s Create a New Model

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You choose your file (mine is; see github). The function name is actually sentiment. Notice a typo I had to rebuild this and deploy. You set up an example input (sentence is the input parameter name) and an example output. Input and output will be JSON since this is a REST API.

Let’s Deploy It (Python 3)

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After clicking the blue Deploy Model button, you will be able to view additional information, including standard output, standard error, status, number of REST calls received, and success.

Once a Model is Deployed We Can Control It

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We can stop it, rebuild it or replace the files if need be. I had to update things a few times. The amount of resources used for the model rest hosting if your choice from a drop down. Since I am doing something small I picked the smallest model with only 1 virtual CPU and 2 GB of RAM. All of this is running in Docker on Kubernetes!

Once Deployed, It’s Ready To Test and Use From Apache NiFi

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Click test. See the JSON results, and we can now call it from an Apache NiFi flow.

Once Deployed We Can Monitor The Model

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Let’s Run the Test

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See the status and response!

Apache NiFi Example Flow

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Step 1: Call Twitter

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Step 2: Extract Social Attributes of Interest

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Step 3: Build our web call with our access key and function parameter

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Step 4: Extract our string as a flow file to send to the HTTP Post

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Step 5: Call Our Cloudera Data Science Workbench REST API (see tester).

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Step 6: Extract the two result values.

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Step 7: Let’s route on the sentiment

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We can have negative (<0), neutral (0), positive (>0) and very positive (1) polarity of the sentiment. See TextBlob for more information on how this works.

Step 8: Send bad sentiment to a Slack channel for human analysis.

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We send all the related information to a Slack channel, including the message.

Example Message Sent to Slack

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Step 9: Store all the results (or some) in either Phoenix/HBase, Hive LLAP, Impala, Kudu or HDFS.

Results as Attributes

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Slack Message Call



REST CALL to Model




Timothy Spann is a Senior Solutions Engineer at Cloudera.


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