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Data Engineering and Machine Learning using Spark

IBM via Coursera


Organizations need skilled, forward-thinking Big Data practitioners who can apply their business and technical skills to unstructured data such as tweets, posts, pictures, audio files, videos, sensor data, and satellite imagery and more to identify behaviors and preferences of prospects, clients, competitors, and others.

In this short course you'll gain practical skills when you learn how to work with Apache Spark for Data Engineering and Machine Learning (ML) applications. You will work hands-on with Spark MLlib, Spark Structured Streaming, and more to perform extract, transform and load (ETL) tasks as well as Regression, Classification, and Clustering.

The course culminates in a project where you will apply your Spark skills to an ETL for ML workflow use-case.

NOTE: This course requires that you have foundational skills for working with Apache Spark and Jupyter Notebooks. The Introduction to Big Data with Spark and Hadoop course from IBM will equip you with these skills and it is recommended that you have completed that course or similar prior to starting this one.


  • Spark for Data Engineering
    • In this first of two modules, learn what streaming data is and get the essential knowledge to use Spark for Structured Streaming. Learn about data sources, streaming output modes, and supported data destinations. Learn about data operations considerations and discover how Spark Structured streaming listeners and checkpointing benefit streaming data processing. Discover how graph theory works with streaming data. You’ll gain insights into the advantages that Apache Spark GraphFrames offers and learn what qualities make data suitable for GraphFrames processing. Then, explore ETL and learn how to use Apache Spark for data extraction, transformation, and loading, put your newfound knowledge to practice, and gain practical, real-world skills in the ETL for Machine Learning Pipelines hands-on lab.
  • SparkML
    • This module demystifies the concepts and practices related to machine learning using SparkML and the Spark Machine learning library. Explore both supervised and unsupervised machine learning. Explore classification and regression tasks and learn how SparkML supports these machine learning tasks. Gain insights into unsupervised learning, with a focus on clustering, and discover how to apply the k-means clustering algorithm using the Spark MLlib. Complete this learning with the lab that solidifies your learning and gain real-world experience with Spark ML.
  • Final Project
    • This final project provides real-world experience where you'll create your own Apache Spark application. You will create this Spark application as an end-to-end use-case that follows the Extract, Transform and Load processes (ETL) including data acquisition, transformation, model training, and deployment using IBM Watson Machine Learning.

Taught by

Karthik Muthuraman and Romeo Kienzler


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