Big Data Fundamentals (edX)

Big Data Fundamentals (edX)
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Big Data Fundamentals (edX)
Learn how big data is driving organisational change and essential analytical tools and techniques, including data mining and PageRank algorithms. Organizations now have access to massive amounts of data and it’s influencing the way they operate. They are realizing in order to be successful they must leverage their data to make effective business decisions.

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In this course, part of the Big Data MicroMasters program, you will learn how big data is driving organizational change and the key challenges organizations face when trying to analyse massive data sets.

You will learn fundamental techniques, such as data mining and stream processing. You will also learn how to design and implement PageRank algorithms using MapReduce, a programming paradigm that allows for massive scalability across hundreds or thousands of servers in a Hadoop cluster. You will learn how big data has improved web search and how online advertising systems work.

By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the various applications of big data methods in industry and research.


What you'll learn

- Knowledge and application of MapReduce

- Understanding the rate of occurrences of events in big data

- How to design algorithms for stream processing and counting of frequent elements in Big Data

- Understand and design PageRank algorithms

- Understand underlying random walk algorithms


Course Syllabus


Section 1: The basics of working with big data

Understand the four V’s of Big Data (Volume, Velocity, and Variety)

Build models for data

Understand the occurrence of rare events in random data


Section 2: Web and social networks

Understand characteristics of the web and social networks

Model social networks

Apply algorithms for community detection in networks


Section 3: Clustering big data

Clustering social networks

Apply hierarchical clustering

Apply k-means clustering


Section 4: Google web search

Understand the concept of PageRank

Implement the basic PageRank algorithm for strongly connected graphs

Implement PageRank with taxation for graphs that are not strongly connected


Section 5: Parallel and distributed computing using MapReduce

Understand the architecture for massive distributed and parallel computing

Apply MapReduce using Hadoop

Compute PageRank using MapReduce


Section 6: Computing similar documents in big data

Measure importance of words in a collection of documents

Measure similarity of sets and documents

Apply local sensitivity hashing to compute similar documents


Section 7: Products frequently bought together in stores

Understand the importance of frequent item sets

Design association rules

Implement the A-priori algorithm


Section 8: Movie and music recommendations

Understand the differences of recommendation systems

Design content-based recommendation systems

Design collaborative filtering recommendation systems


Section 9: Google's AdWordsTM System

Understand the AdWords System

Analyse online algorithms in terms of competitive ratio

Use online matching to solve the AdWords problem


Section 10: Mining rapidly arriving data streams

Understand types of queries for data streams

Analyse sampling methods for data streams

Count distinct elements in data streams

Filter data streams


Prerequisites:Candidates interested in pursuing the MicroMasters program in Big Data are advised to complete Programming for Data Science and Computational Thinking and Big Data before undertaking this course.



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Candidates interested in pursuing the MicroMasters program in Big Data are advised to complete Programming for Data Science and Computational Thinking and Big Data before undertaking this course.

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