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Hands-On Machine Learning with Azure

By : Thomas K Abraham, Parashar Shah, Jen Stirrup, Lauri Lehman, Anindita Basak
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Hands-On Machine Learning with Azure

By: Thomas K Abraham, Parashar Shah, Jen Stirrup, Lauri Lehman, Anindita Basak

Overview of this book

Implementing Machine learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the cloud had not been possible earlier due to the lack of processing power and storage. However, Azure has created ML and AI services that are easy to implement in the cloud. Hands-On Machine Learning with Azure teaches you how to perform advanced ML projects in the cloud in a cost-effective way. The book begins by covering the benefits of ML and AI in the cloud. You will then explore Microsoft’s Team Data Science Process to establish a repeatable process for successful AI development and implementation. You will also gain an understanding of AI technologies available in Azure and the Cognitive Services APIs to integrate them into bot applications. This book lets you explore prebuilt templates with Azure Machine Learning Studio and build a model using canned algorithms that can be deployed as web services. The book then takes you through a preconfigured series of virtual machines in Azure targeted at AI development scenarios. You will get to grips with the ML Server and its capabilities in SQL and HDInsight. In the concluding chapters, you’ll integrate patterns with other non-AI services in Azure. By the end of this book, you will be fully equipped to implement smart cognitive actions in your models.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)


HDInsight is a type of implementation of Hadoop that runs on the Microsoft Azure platform. HDInsight builds on the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), and is completely compatible with Apache Hadoop.

HDInsight can be perceived as Microsoft's Hadoop-as-a-Service (Haas). You can quickly deploy the system from a portal or through Windows PowerShell scripting, without having to create any physical or virtual machines.

The following are features of HDInsights:

  • You can implement a small or large number of nodes in a cluster
  • You pay only for what you use
  • When your job is complete, you can deprovision the cluster and, of course, stop paying for it
  • You can use Microsoft Azure Storage so that even when the cluster is deprovisioned, you can retain the data
  • The HDInsight service works with input-output technologies from Microsoft and other vendors

As mentioned, the HDInsight...