Yesterday I gave a talk in the CopenhagenR – useR Group on how to leverage the power of R with HDInsight and Microsoft Azure. I recorded the presentation, which was spiced up by some really good questions by the attendees. I hope it’s all audible.
For any questions on the topic, please contact me via the comments below this post.
Today I was invited to speak at the very first meetup of the Rhus Meetup Club (in Aarhus, Denmark) on the topics of R, RHadoop, HDInsight and Azure Machine Learning. And it was a lot of fun! 🙂
Back when I was doing my postgraduate studies I was writing a heck of lot of R code (as the only student in class — everybody else was using commercial tools like Stata or SAS). And, man, I’d wish there was something like HDInsight when I was a student! It could have helped me out a whole lot when I was writing my thesis and working with the tons of patent data my supervisor had given me (from PATSTAT, approx. 75 million patent-sized full-text entries). My poor HP Envy was struggling a lot back then.
I think the presentation was well received — people didn’t complain too much at least! 😉 However, next time I think I will cut down on the material to cover. It’s a really complicated soup you’re cooking when you’re mixing in concepts like R, Hadoop (DFS), MapReduce, YARN, Azure Blob Storage, Azure Machine Learning and more — in just 60 minutes! I will give the same presentation in the CopenhagenR useR group later this month and I think there are some things I can improve before then.
Anyway, my slide deck is available here should you be interested:
Last week I gave a presentation at Campus Days 2014 on how to build a recommendation engine using HDInsight 3.1 in Azure. In this blog post I will go through the steps to replicate the demo I gave in the presentation. I will start from scratch with a brand new HDInsight cluster (version 3.1) and describe each of the necessary steps.
If you are just interested in downloading my PowerPoint presentation you can do that here:
The steps to complete this demo might seem complicated. But really they are not! So don’t lose faith while going through this blog post (even though it might be long). You will get there and hopefully you will have learned something in the process.
In order to follow this guide you need to complete a few prerequisites:
An Azure subscription with sufficient funds (about $10 should be enough)