Advance your skills in efficient data analysis and data processing using the powerful tools of Scala, Spark, and Hadoop
About This Book
This is a primer on functional-programming-style techniques to help you efficiently process and analyze all of your data
Get acquainted with the best and newest tools available such as Scala, Spark, Parquet and MLlib for machine learning
Learn the best practices to incorporate new Big Data machine learning in your data-driven enterprise to gain future scalability and maintainability
Who This Book Is For
Mastering Scala Machine Learning is intended for enthusiasts who want to plunge into the new pool of emerging techniques for machine learning. Some familiarity with standard statistical techniques is required.
What You Will Learn
Sharpen your functional programming skills in Scala using REPL
Apply standard and advanced machine learning techniques using Scala
Get acquainted with Big Data technologies and grasp why we need a functional approach to Big Data
Discover new data structures, algorithms, approaches, and habits that will allow you to work effectively with large amounts of data
Understand the principles of supervised and unsupervised learning in machine learning
Work with unstructured data and serialize it using Kryo, Protobuf, Avro, and AvroParquet
Construct reliable and robust data pipelines and manage data in a data-driven enterprise
Implement scalable model monitoring and alerts with Scala
Since the advent of object-oriented programming, new technologies related to Big Data are constantly popping up on the market. One such technology is Scala, which is considered to be a successor to Java in the area of Big Data by many, like Java was to C/C++ in the area of distributed programing.
This book aims to take your knowledge to next level and help you impart that knowledge to build advanced applications such as social media mining, intelligent news portals, and more. After a quick refresher on functional programming concepts using REPL, you will see some practical examples of setting up the development environment and tinkering with data. We will then explore working with Spark and MLlib using k-means and decision trees.
Most of the data that we produce today is unstructured and raw, and you will learn to tackle this type of data with advanced topics such as regression, classification, integration, and working with graph algorithms. Finally, you will discover at how to use Scala to perform complex concept analysis, to monitor model performance, and to build a model repository. By the end of this book, you will have gained expertise in performing Scala machine learning and will be able to build complex machine learning projects using Scala.
Style and approach
This hands-on guide dives straight into implementing Scala for machine learning without delving much into mathematical proofs or validations. There are ample code examples and tricks that will help you sail through using the standard techniques and libraries. This book provides practical examples from the field on how to correctly tackle data analysis problems, particularly for modern Big Data datasets.
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