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Apache Mahout Essentials by Jayani Withanawasam

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Apache Mahout

In this section, we will have a quick look at Apache Mahout.

Do you know how Mahout got its name?

Apache Mahout

As you can see in the logo, a mahout is a person who drives an elephant. Hadoop's logo is an elephant. So, this is an indicator that Mahout's goal is to use Hadoop in the right manner.

The following are the features of Mahout:

  • It is a project of the Apache software foundation
  • It is a scalable machine learning library
    • The MapReduce implementation scales linearly with the data
    • Fast sequential algorithms (the runtime does not depend on the size of the dataset)
  • It mainly contains clustering, classification, and recommendation (collaborative filtering) ...

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