Data Science at Scale on Spark and Hadoop

Course Details
Tuition (USD):
$1,815.00 • Self Paced
$1,554.41 • Self Paced

This OnDemand offering provides you with a 180-day subscription that begins on the date of purchase.

Skills Gained

  • How to identify potential business use cases where data science can provide impactful results
  • How to obtain, clean and combine disparate data sources to create a coherent picture for analysis
  • What statistical methods to leverage for data exploration that will provide critical insight into your data
  • Where and when to leverage Hadoop streaming and Apache Spark for data science pipelines
  • What machine learning technique to use for a particular data science project
  • How to implement and manage recommenders using Spark’s MLlib, and how to set up and evaluate data experiments
  • What are the pitfalls of deploying new analytics projects to production, at scale


This course is suitable for developers, data analysts, and statisticians with basic knowledge of Apache Hadoop: HDFS, MapReduce, Hadoop Streaming, and Apache Hive as well as experience working in Linux environments. Students should have proficiency in a scripting language; Python is strongly preferred, but familiarity with Perl or Ruby is sufficient.

Course Details

  • Data scientists build information platforms to provide deep insight and answer previously unimaginable questions. Spark and Hadoop are transforming how data scientists work by allowing interactive and iterative data analysis at scale.
  • Learn how Spark and Hadoop enable data scientists to help companies reduce costs, increase profits, improve products, retain customers, and identify new opportunities.
  • Cloudera University’s three-day course helps participants understand what data scientists do, the problems they solve, and the tools and techniques they use. Through in-class simulations, participants apply data science methods to real-world challenges in different industries and, ultimately, prepare for data scientist roles in the field

Subscription Details

  • This OnDemand offering provides you with a 180-day subscription that begins on the date of purchase. While the subscription is active, you will have unlimited access to the course training materials which includes recorded course lectures and demonstrations, assessment components, and hands-on exercise instructions. You will also receive 15 runtime hours of access to the online hands-on exercise environment accessible though web browser. You can start the exercise environment when you are ready to use it. You can stop or pause it when you are done for the time being, then return anytime to continue where you left off. The exercise environment remains accessible until you have used the runtime hours or the subscription period ends, whichever occurs first.


  • About This Course
  • About Cloudera
  • Course Logistics
  • Introductions

Data Science Overview

  • What Is Data Science?
  • The Growing Need for Data Science
  • The Role of a Data Scientist

Use Cases

  • Finance
  • Retail
  • Advertising
  • Defense and Intelligence
  • Telecommunications and Utilities
  • Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

Project Lifecycle

  • Where to Source Data
  • Acquisition Techniques

Evaluating Input Data

  • Data Formats
  • Data Quantity
  • Data Quality

Data Transformation

  • File Format Conversion
  • Joining Data Sets
  • Anonymization

Data Analysis and Statistical Methods

  • Relationship Between Statistics and Probability
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Inferential Statistics
  • Vectors and Matrices

Fundamentals of Machine Learning

  • Overview
  • The Three C’s of Machine Learning
  • Importance of Data and Algorithms
  • Spotlight: Naive Bayes Classifiers

Recommender Overview

  • What is a Recommender System?
  • Types of Collaborative Filtering
  • Limitations of Recommender Systems
  • Fundamental Concepts

Introduction to Apache Spark and MLlib

  • What is Apache Spark?
  • Comparison to MapReduce
  • Fundamentals of Apache Spark
  • Spark’s MLlib Package

Implementing Recommenders with MLlib

  • Overview of ALS Method for Latent Factor Recommenders
  • Hyperparameters for ALS Recommenders
  • Building a Recommender in MLlib
  • Tuning Hyperparameters
  • Weighting

Experimentation and Evaluation

  • Designing Effective Experiments
  • Conducting an Effective Experiment
  • User Interfaces for Recommenders

Production Deployment and Beyond

  • Deploying to Production
  • Tips and Techniques for Working at Scale
  • Summarizing and Visualizing Results
  • Considerations for Improvement
  • Next Steps for Recommenders
Course Details
Tuition (USD):
$1,815.00 • Self Paced
$1,554.41 • Self Paced