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Hands-On Data Analysis with Scala

By : Rajesh Gupta
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Hands-On Data Analysis with Scala

By: Rajesh Gupta

Overview of this book

Efficient business decisions with an accurate sense of business data helps in delivering better performance across products and services. This book helps you to leverage the popular Scala libraries and tools for performing core data analysis tasks with ease. The book begins with a quick overview of the building blocks of a standard data analysis process. You will learn to perform basic tasks like Extraction, Staging, Validation, Cleaning, and Shaping of datasets. You will later deep dive into the data exploration and visualization areas of the data analysis life cycle. You will make use of popular Scala libraries like Saddle, Breeze, Vegas, and PredictionIO for processing your datasets. You will learn statistical methods for deriving meaningful insights from data. You will also learn to create applications for Apache Spark 2.x on complex data analysis, in real-time. You will discover traditional machine learning techniques for doing data analysis. Furthermore, you will also be introduced to neural networks and deep learning from a data analysis standpoint. By the end of this book, you will be capable of handling large sets of structured and unstructured data, perform exploratory analysis, and building efficient Scala applications for discovering and delivering insights
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
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Section 1: Scala and Data Analysis Life Cycle
Section 2: Advanced Data Analysis and Machine Learning
Section 3: Real-Time Data Analysis and Scalability

Near Real-Time Data Analysis Using Streaming

This chapter introduces another emerging and powerful technique in the field of data analysis—analyzing data in near real time using Streaming technologies. In the previous chapters, we looked at analyzing data that had already been created, using a technique known as batch-oriented data processing.

There are numerous cases where the value of data starts to diminish as the data starts to age. An excellent example of this is an online retailer that tracks customer interaction on its website. Offline batch-oriented analysis of this data to understand customer' behavior and preferences is certainly of great value to the retailer; however, a near real-time analysis of this data could have an even greater impact on the customer's experience. For example, a customer's experience could be made adaptive based on the current...