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  • Configure a local instance of PySpark in a virtual environment
  • Install and configure Jupyter in local and multi-node environments
  • Create DataFrames from JSON and a dictionary using pyspark.sql
  • Explore regression and clustering models available in the ML module
  • Use DataFrames to transform data used for modeling
  • Connect to PubNub and perform aggregations on streams

Apache Spark is an open source framework for efficient cluster computing with a strong interface for data parallelism and fault tolerance. The PySpark Cookbook presents effective and time-saving recipes for leveraging the power of Python and putting it to use in the Spark ecosystem.

You’ll start by learning the Apache Spark architecture and how to set up a Python environment for Spark. You’ll then get familiar with the modules available in PySpark and start using them effortlessly. In addition to this, you’ll discover how to abstract data with RDDs and DataFrames, and understand the streaming capabilities of PySpark. You’ll then move on to using ML and MLlib in order to solve any problems related to the machine learning capabilities of PySpark and use GraphFrames to solve graph-processing problems. Finally, you will explore how to deploy your applications to the cloud using the spark-submit command.

By the end of this book, you will be able to use the Python API for Apache Spark to solve any problems associated with building data-intensive applications.

  • Perform effective data processing, machine learning, and analytics using PySpark
  • Overcome challenges in developing and deploying Spark solutions using Python
  • Explore recipes for efficiently combining Python and Apache Spark to process data
Page Count 330
Course Length 9 hours 54 minutes
ISBN 9781788835367
Date Of Publication 28 Jun 2018


Denny Lee

Denny Lee is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft for the Azure DocumentDB team—Microsoft's blazing fast, planet-scale managed document store service. He is a hands-on distributed systems and data science engineer with more than 18 years of experience developing Internet-scale infrastructure, data platforms, and predictive analytics systems for both on-premise and cloud environments.

He has extensive experience of building greenfield teams as well as turnaround/ change catalyst. Prior to joining the Azure DocumentDB team, Denny worked as a Technology Evangelist at Databricks; he has been working with Apache Spark since 0.5. He was also the Senior Director of Data Sciences Engineering at Concur, and was on the incubation team that built Microsoft's Hadoop on Windows and Azure service (currently known as HDInsight). Denny also has a Masters in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Sciences University and has architected and implemented powerful data solutions for enterprise healthcare customers for the last 15 years.

Tomasz Drabas

Tomasz Drabas is a Data Scientist working for Microsoft and currently residing in the Seattle area. He has over 12 years' international experience in data analytics and data science in numerous fields: advanced technology, airlines, telecommunications, finance, and consulting.

Tomasz started his career in 2003 with LOT Polish Airlines in Warsaw, Poland while finishing his Master's degree in strategy management. In 2007, he moved to Sydney to pursue a doctoral degree in operations research at the University of New South Wales, School of Aviation; his research crossed boundaries between discrete choice modeling and airline operations research. During his time in Sydney, he worked as a Data Analyst for Beyond Analysis Australia and as a Senior Data Analyst/Data Scientist for Vodafone Hutchison Australia among others. He has also published scientific papers, attended international conferences, and served as a reviewer for scientific journals.

In 2015 he relocated to Seattle to begin his work for Microsoft. While there, he has worked on numerous projects involving solving problems in high-dimensional feature space.