Chapter 2. Data Preparation for Spark ML

Machine learning professionals and data scientists often spend 70% or 80% of their time preparing data for their machine learning projects. Data preparation can be very hard work, but it is necessary and extremely important as it affects everything to follow. Therefore, in this chapter, we will cover all the necessary data preparation parts for our machine learning, which often runs from data accessing, data cleaning, datasets joining, and then to feature development so as to get our datasets ready to develop ML models on Spark. Specifically, we will discuss the following six data preparation tasks mentioned before and then end our chapter with a discussion of repeatability and automation:

  • Accessing and ...

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