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Taming Big Data with Apache Spark and Python


Taming Big Data with Apache Spark and Python Frank Kane

Spark is one of the hottest technologies in big data analysis right now, and with good reason. If you work for, or you hope to work for, a company that has massive amounts of data to analyze, Spark offers a very fast and very easy way to analyze that data across an entire cluster of computers and spread that processing out. This is a very valuable skill to have right now.

About the Author My name is Frank Kane. I spent nine years at and, wrangling millions of customer ratings and customer transactions to produce things such as personalized recommendations for movies and products and "people who bought this also bought." I tell you, I wish we had Apache Spark back then, when I spent years trying to solve these problems there. I hold 17 issued patents in the fields of distributed computing, data mining, and machine learning. In 2012, I left to start my own successful company, Sundog Software, which focuses on virtual reality environment technology, and teaching others about big data analysis. We will do some really quick housekeeping here, just so you know where to put all the stuff for this book. First, I want you to go to your hard drive, create a new folder called SparkCourse, and put it in a place where you're going to remember it i

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