Recorded on 05/19/2016 10:00am PT, 1:00pm ET, 5:00pm UTC 
 
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R has evolved to become an ideal environment for exploratory data analysis. The language is highly flexible - there is an R package for almost any algorithm and the environment comes with integrated help and visualization. SparkR brings distributed computing and the ability to handle very large data to this list. SparkR is an R package distributed within Apache Spark. It exposes Spark DataFrames, which was inspired by R data.frames, to R. With Spark DataFrames, and Spark’s in-memory computing engine, R users can interactively analyze and explore terabyte size data sets.

In this webinar, Hossein will introduce SparkR and how it integrates the two worlds of Spark and R. He will demonstrate one of the most important use cases of SparkR: the exploratory analysis of very large data. Specifically, he will show how Spark’s features and capabilities, such as caching distributed data and integrated SQL execution, complement R’s great tools such as visualization and diverse packages in a real world data analysis project with big data.

Presenters

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Hossein Falaki

Software Engineer - Databricks

Hossein Falaki is a software engineer at Databricks working on the next big thing. Prior to that, he was a data scientist at Apple’s personal assistant, Siri. He graduated with Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA, where he was a member of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS).
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Denny Lee

Technology Evangelist - Databricks

Denny Lee is a Technology Evangelist with Databricks; he is a hands-on data sciences engineer with more than 15 years of experience developing internet-scale infrastructure, data platforms, and distributed systems for both on-premises and cloud.