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  • Guest blog post by Alessandro Piva

    The proliferation of data and the huge potentialities for companies to turn data into valuable insights are increasing more and more the demand of Data Scientists.

    But what skills and educational background must a Data Scientist have? What is its role within the organization? What tools and programming languages does he/she mostly use? These are some of the questions that the Observatory for Big Data Analytics of Politecnico di Milano is investigating through an international survey submitted to Data Scientists: if you work with data in your company, please support us in our…

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  • Switching careers from Java to Big data Hadoop

    There is this point in all our lives where we think of switching careers or apprising our skill sets to improve our career growth or even just to stay updated with the growing trends. But careful analysis of the current trend and observing the requirements serves as a good method to choose which skill set get updated with. Looking at the current market, Hadoop and Big Data technology are growing extremely fast and has lots of market demands as well. A surge in interest in “Big Data” is prompting many Development Team Managers to consider Hadoop technology as it’s increasingly becoming a significant component of Big Data applications. In doing so, taking inventory of the skills sets required when dealing with Hadoop is vital. According to Helena Schwenk, analyst at MWD Advisors, quoted to SearchSOA.com that a well-rounded Hadoop implementation team’s skills should include experience in large-scale distributed systems and knowledge of languages such as Java, C++, Pig Latin and…

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  • From the last few years, big data technology has sustained to change and become more creativity ready in terms of usability, back-up, retrieval, and presentation. Elsewhere merely analyzing why something occurred, big data has permitted us to proactively drive business consequences and make more expressive decisions in real-time.

    Experts have also been learning and forecasting the current and sustained growth of the big data and analytics market across the sphere, particularly in data-rich industries such as financial services.

    From administrations using big data to protect against terrorist attacks to medical researchers forecasting disease spread outlines and agricultural businesses increasing crop yields, the big data  revolution is now at a stage that is bigger than the past industrial revolution before. Here are some visions on how big data will create better impacts this year:

    Assisting the data skills ecosystem

    As marketplaces…

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  • Cloudfare and GitHub Pages

    BY AMIN SHAH GILANI 

    I have a secret that saves my clients a ton of money, keeps their website secure, and has built-in backups.

    The secret: I make their website static. Then, I store and host it with GitHub, and use Cloudflare to serve it over HTTPS, and make it fast. My clients only ever pay for their domain name, yet they get a lot more than they ever bargained for.

    Why Static Content?

    Static sites are wonderfully fast since there’s no server processing time involved. Also, by committing a code base of static assets in a git repository, rolling back changes simply becomes a matter of reverting to a previous commit. Backups are a git push away, and you essentially serve…

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  • BY Paul Young - Freelance Sofware Engineer

    These days, modern mobile application development requires a well thought-out plan for keeping user data in sync across various devices. This is a thorny problem with many gotchas and pitfalls, but users expect the feature, and expect it to work well.

    For iOS and macOS, Apple provides a robust toolkit, called CloudKit API, which allows developers targeting Apple platforms to solve this synchronization problem.

    In this article, I’ll demonstrate how to use CloudKit to keep a user’s data in sync between multiple clients. It’s intended for experienced iOS developers who are already familiar with Apple’s frameworks and with Swift. I’m going to take a fairly deep technical dive into the CloudKit API to explore ways you can leverage this technology to make awesome multi-device apps. I’ll focus on an iOS application, but the same approach can be used for macOS clients as well.

    Our example…

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  • When coming across the term “text search”, one usually thinks of a large body of text, which is indexed in a way that makes it possible to quickly look up one or more search terms when they are entered by a user. This is a classic problem for computer scientists, to which many solutions exist.

    But how about a reverse scenario? What if what’s available for indexing beforehand is a group of search phrases, and only at runtime is a large body of text presented for searching? These questions are what this trie data structure tutorial seeks to address.

    text search algorithm tutorial using tries

    Applications

    A real world application for this scenario is matching a number of medical theses against a list of medical conditions and finding out…

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  • Top 10 Hadoop Interview Questions & Answers

    Q1. What exactly is Hadoop?
    A1. Hadoop is a Big Data framework to process huge amount of different types of data in parallel to achieve performance benefits.

    Q2. What are 5 Vs of Big Data ?
    A2. Volume – Size of the data
    Velocity – Speed of change of data
    Variety – Different types of data : Structured, Semi-Structured, Unstructured data.

    Q3. Give me examples of Unstructured data.
    A3. Images, Videos, Audios etc.

    Q4. Tell me about Hadoop file system and processing framework.
    A4. Hadoop files system is called as HDFS – Hadoop distributed file system. It consists of Name Node, Data Node and Secondary Name Node.
    Hadoop processing framework is known as MapReduce. It caters Map and Reduce tasks that get scheduled in parallel to achieve efficiency.

    Q5/ What is High Availability feature in Hadoop2.
    A5. In Hadoop 2 Passive Name Node is introduced to avoid NameNode becoming single point of failure. This results into…

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  • 7 familiar myths regarding Big Data analytics

    Big Data analytics is in the buzz since a while, but people still have various misconceptions about it and the way it functions to assist you in transforming your business goals. Irrespective of the industry you are into, your company processes a huge amount of data raw data that can be tapered to a more organized form.

    Let’s have a look on the common myths about Big Data:-

    1. Big Data means lots of data

    When you hear Big Data, instinctively an image of loads of data floats in your mind. Big Data is not all about having a huge bank of information which is hardly of any use, it means having quality data which is useful for your business. Having a huge data bank means, it is prone to have redundant and duplicate entries. Big Data analytics helps you streamline the right data, irrespective of the quantity.

    2. Big Data is extremely essential

    Having raw and unprocessed data is practically of no value for an organization, unless it is…

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  • Introduction

    By now, you have probably heard of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), especially if you are data analyst or someone who is responsible for moving data from one system to another. However, what are the benefits that HDFS has over relational databases?

    HDFS is a scalable, open source solution for storing and processing large volumes of data. HDFS has been proven to be reliable and efficient across many modern data centers.

    HDFS utilizes commodity hardware along with open source software to reduce the overall cost per byte of storage.

    With its built-in replication and resilience to disk failures, HDFS is an ideal system for…

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  • 25 Predictions About The Future Of Big Data

    Guest blog post by Robert J. Abate.

    In the past, I have published on the value of information, big data, advanced analytics and the Abate Information Triangle and have recently been asked to give my humble opinion on the future of Big Data.

    I have been fortunate to have been on three panels recently at industry conferences which discussed this very question with such industry thought leaders as: Bill Franks (CTO, Teradata), Louis DiModugno (CDAO, AXA US), Zhongcai Zhang, (CAO, NY Community Bank), Dewey Murdick, (CAO, Department Of Homeland Security), Dr. Pamela Bonifay Peele (CAO, UPMC Insurance Services), Dr. Len Usvyat (VP Integrated Care Analytics, FMCNA), Jeffrey Bohn (Chief Science Officer, State Street), Kenneth Viciana (Business Analytics Leader, Equifax) and others.

    Each brought their unique perspective to the challenges of Big Data and their insights into their…

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  • Originally posted here by Bernard Marr.

    When you learn about Big Data you will sooner or later come across this odd sounding word: Hadoop - but what exactly is it?

    Put simply, Hadoop can be thought of as a set of open source programs and procedures (meaning essentially they are free for anyone to use or modify, with a few exceptions) which anyone can use as the "backbone" of their big data operations.

    I'll try to keep things simple as I know a lot of people reading this aren't software engineers, so I hope I don't over-simplify anything - think of this as a brief guide for someone who wants to know a bit more about the nuts and bolts…

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  • The Phoenix framework has been growing with popularity at a quick pace, offering the productivity of frameworks like Ruby on Rails, while also being one of the  fastest frameworks available. It breaks the myth that you have to sacrifice performance in order to increase productivity.

    So what exactly is Phoenix?

    Phoenix is a web framework built with the Elixir programming language. Elixir, built on the Erlang VM, is used for building low-latency, fault-tolerant, distributed systems, which are increasingly necessary qualities of modern web applications. You can learn more about Elixir from this blog post or their official guide.

    If you are a Ruby on Rails developer, you should definitely take an interest in Phoenix because of the performance gains it promises. Developers of other frameworks can also follow along to see how Phoenix approaches web development.

    Meet Phoenix on Elixir: A Rails-like Framework for Modern Web Apps

    In this article we will learn some of the things in Phoenix you should…

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  • A Guide to Managing Webpack Dependencies

    The concept of modularization is an inherent part of most modern programming languages. JavaScript, though, has lacked any formal approach to modularization until the arrival of the latest version of ECMAScript ES6.

    In Node.js, one of today’s most popular JavaScript frameworks, module bundlers allow loading NPM modules in web browsers, and component-oriented libraries (like React) encourage and facilitate modularization of JavaScript code.

    Webpack is one of the…

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  • Top 10 Commercial Hadoop Platforms

    Guest blog post by Bernard Marr

    Hadoop – the software framework which provides the necessary tools to carry out Big Data analysis – is widely used in industry and commerce for many Big Data related tasks.

    It is open source, essentially meaning that it is free for anyone to use for any purpose, and can be modified for any use. While designed to be user-friendly, in its “raw” state it still needs considerable specialist knowledge to set up and run.

    Because of this a large number of commercial versions have come onto the market in recent years, as vendors have created their own versions designed to be more easily used, or supplied alongside consultancy services to get you crunching through your data in no time.…

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  • Where & Why Do You Keep Big Data & Hadoop?

    Guest blog post by Manish Bhoge

    I am Back ! Yes, I am back (on the track) on my learning track. Sometime, it is really necessary to take a break and introspect why do we learn, before learning.  Ah ! it was 9 months safe refuge to learn how Big Data & Analytics can contribute to Data Product.

    DataLake

    Data strategy has always been expected to be revenue generation. As Big data and Hadoop entering into the enterprise data strategy it is also expected from big data infrastructure to be revenue addition. This is really a tough expectation from new entrant (Hadoop) when the established candidate (DataWarehouse & BI) itself struggle mostly for its existence. So, it is very pertinent for solution architects to raise a question WHERE and WHY to bring the Big data (Obviously Hadoop) in the Data Strategy. And, the safe…

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  • Guide To Budget Friendly Data Mining

    Unlike traditional application programming, where API functions are changing every day, database programming basically remains the same. The first version of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET was released in February 2002, with a new version released about every two years, not including Service Pack releases. This rapid pace of change forces IT personnel to evaluate their corporation’s applications every couple years, leaving the functionality of their application intact but with a completely different source code in order to stay current with the latest techniques and technology.

    The same cannot be said about your database source code. A standard query of SELECT/FROM/WHERE/GROUP BY,…

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  • Top 30 people in Big Data and Analytics

    Originally posted on Data Science Central

    Innovation Enterprise has compiled a top 30 list for individuals in big data that have had a large impact on the development or popularity of the industry. …

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  • Associative Data Modeling Demystified - Part2

    Guest blog post by Athanassios Hatzis

    Association in Topic Map Data Model

    Introduction

    In the previous article of this series we examined the association construct from the perspective of Entity-Relationship data model. In this post we demonstrate how Topic Map data model represents associations. In order to link the two we continue with another SQL query from our relational database

    ```
    SELECT suppliers.sid,
    suppliers.sname,
    suppliers.scountry,…

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  • Associative Data Modeling Demystified - Part1

    Guest blog post by Athanassios Hatzis

    Relation, Relationship and Association

    While most players in the IT sector adopted Graph or Document databases and Hadoop based solutions, Hadoop is an enabler of HBase column store, it went almost unnoticed that several new DBMS, AtomicDB previous database engine of X10SYS, and Sentences, based on associative technology appeared on the scene. We have introduced and discussed about the…

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  • Originally posted on Data Science Central

    Recently, in a previous post, we reviewed a path to leverage legacy Excel data and import CSV files thru MySQL into Spark 2.0.1. This may apply frequently in businesses where data retention did not always take the database route… However, we demonstrate here that the same result can be achieved…

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