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Clojure for Data Science

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  • Perform hypothesis testing and understand feature selection and statistical significance to interpret your results with confidence
  • Implement the core machine learning techniques of regression, classification, clustering and recommendation
  • Understand the importance of the value of simple statistics and distributions in exploratory data analysis
  • Scale algorithms to web-sized datasets efficiently using distributed programming models on Hadoop and Spark
  • Apply suitable analytic approaches for text, graph, and time series data
  • Interpret the terminology that you will encounter in technical papers
  • Import libraries from other JVM languages such as Java and Scala
  • Communicate your findings clearly and convincingly to nontechnical colleagues

The term “data science” has been widely used to define this new profession that is expected to interpret vast datasets and translate them to improved decision-making and performance. Clojure is a powerful language that combines the interactivity of a scripting language with the speed of a compiled language. Together with its rich ecosystem of native libraries and an extremely simple and consistent functional approach to data manipulation, which maps closely to mathematical formula, it is an ideal, practical, and flexible language to meet a data scientist’s diverse needs.

Taking you on a journey from simple summary statistics to sophisticated machine learning algorithms, this book shows how the Clojure programming language can be used to derive insights from data. Data scientists often forge a novel path, and you’ll see how to make use of Clojure’s Java interoperability capabilities to access libraries such as Mahout and Mllib for which Clojure wrappers don’t yet exist. Even seasoned Clojure developers will develop a deeper appreciation for their language’s flexibility!

You’ll learn how to apply statistical thinking to your own data and use Clojure to explore, analyze, and visualize it in a technically and statistically robust way. You can also use Incanter for local data processing and ClojureScript to present interactive visualisations and understand how distributed platforms such as Hadoop sand Spark’s MapReduce and GraphX’s BSP solve the challenges of data analysis at scale, and how to explain algorithms using those programming models.

Above all, by following the explanations in this book, you’ll learn not just how to be effective using the current state-of-the-art methods in data science, but why such methods work so that you can continue to be productive as the field evolves into the future.

  • Write code using Clojure to harness the power of your data
  • Discover the libraries and frameworks that will help you succeed
  • A practical guide to understanding how the Clojure programming language can be used to derive insights from data
Page Count 608
Course Length 18 hours 14 minutes
ISBN 9781784397180
Date Of Publication 2 Sep 2015


Henry Garner

Henry Garner is a graduate from the University of Oxford and an experienced developer, CTO, and coach.

He started his technical career at Britain's largest telecoms provider, BT, working with a traditional data warehouse infrastructure. As a part of a small team for 3 years, he built sophisticated data models to derive insight from raw data and use web applications to present the results. These applications were used internally by senior executives and operatives to track both business and systems performance.

He then went on to co-found Likely, a social media analytics start-up. As the CTO, he set the technical direction, leading to the introduction of an event-based append-only data pipeline modeled after the Lambda architecture. He adopted Clojure in 2011 and led a hybrid team of programmers and data scientists, building content recommendation engines based on collaborative filtering and clustering techniques. He developed a syllabus and copresented a series of evening classes from Likely's offices for professional developers who wanted to learn Clojure.

Henry now works with growing businesses, consulting in both a development and technical leadership capacity. He presents regularly at seminars and Clojure meetups in and around London.