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PySpark Cookbook

By : Denny Lee, Tomasz Drabas
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PySpark Cookbook

By: Denny Lee, Tomasz Drabas

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
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Computing correlations

Features correlated with the outcome are desirable, but those that are also correlated among themselves can make the model unstable. In this recipe, we will show you how to calculate correlations between features.

Getting ready

To execute this recipe, you need to have a working Spark environment. Also, we will be working off of the no_outliers DataFrame we created in the Handling outliers recipe, so we assume you have followed the steps to handle duplicates, missing observations, and outliers.

No other prerequisites are required.

How to do it...

To calculate the correlations between two features, all you have to do is to provide their names:

    .corr('Cylinders', 'Displacement')

That's it!

How it works...

The .corr(...) method takes two parameters, the names of the two features you want to calculate the correlation coefficient between. 


Currently, only the Pearson correlation coefficient is available.

The preceding command will produce a correlation coefficient...