Machine Learning with Spark and Python 2nd Edition by Michael Bowles, ISBN-13: 978-1119561934

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Machine Learning with Spark and Python: Essential Techniques for Predictive Analytics 2nd Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1119561934

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  • Publisher: ‎ Wiley; 2nd edition (November 5, 2019)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 368 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1119561930
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1119561934

Machine Learning with Spark and Python Essential Techniques for Predictive Analytics, Second Edition simplifies ML for practical uses by focusing on two key algorithms. This new second edition improves with the addition of Spark―a ML framework from the Apache foundation. By implementing Spark, machine learning students can easily process much large data sets and call the spark algorithms using ordinary Python code.

Machine Learning with Spark and Python focuses on two algorithm families (linear methods and ensemble methods) that effectively predict outcomes. This type of problem covers many use cases such as what ad to place on a web page, predicting prices in securities markets, or detecting credit card fraud. The focus on two families gives enough room for full descriptions of the mechanisms at work in the algorithms. Then the code examples serve to illustrate the workings of the machinery with specific hackable code.


Machine learning focuses on prediction—using what you know to predict what you would like to know based on historical relationships between the two. At its core, it’s a mathematical/algorithm-based technology that, until recently, required a deep understanding of math and statistical concepts, and fluency in R and other specialized languages. Machine Learning with Spark™ and Python® simplifies machine learning for a broader audience and wider application by focusing on two algorithm families that effectively predict outcomes, and by showing you how to apply them using the popular and accessible Python programming language. This edition shows how pyspark extends these two algorithms to extremely large data sets requiring multiple distributed processors. The same basic concepts apply.

Author Michael Bowles draws from years of machine learning expertise to walk you through the design, construction, and implementation of your own machine learning solutions. The algorithms are explained in simple terms with no complex math, and sample code is provided to help you get started right away. You’ll delve deep into the mechanisms behind the constructs, and learn how to select and apply the algorithm that will best solve the problem at hand, whether simple or complex. Detailed examples illustrate the machinery with specific, hackable code, and descriptive coverage of penalized linear regression and ensemble methods helps you understand the fundamental processes at work in machine learning. The methods are effective and well tested, and the results speak for themselves.

Designed specifically for those without a specialized math or statistics background, Machine Learning with Spark and Python shows you how to:

  • Select the right algorithm for the job
  • Learn the mechanisms and prepare the data
  • Code demonstrates pyspark implementations scalable to big-data using hundreds of processors
  • Master core Python machine learning packages
  • Build versatile predictive models that work
  • Apply trained models in practice for various uses
  • Measure model performance for better QC and application
  • Use provided sample code in Jupyter Notebook format to design and build your own model

MICHAEL BOWLES teaches machine learning at UC Berkeley, University of New Haven and Hacker Dojo in Silicon Valley, consults on machine learning projects, and is involved in a number of startups in such areas as semi conductor inspection, drug design and optimization and trading in the financial markets. Following an assistant professorship at MIT, Michael went on to found and run two Silicon Valley startups, both of which went public. His courses are always popular and receive great feedback from participants.

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