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Big Data Glossary

by Pete Warden

To help you navigate the large number of new data tools available, this guide describes 60 of the most recent innovations, from NoSQL databases and MapReduce approaches to machine learning and visualization tools. Descriptions are based on first-hand experience with these tools in a production environment. This handy glossary also includes a chapter of key terms that help define many of these tool categories: NoSQL Databases--Document-oriented databases using a key/value interface rather than SQL MapReduce--Tools that support distributed computing on large datasets Storage--Technologies for storing data in a distributed way Servers--Ways to rent computing power on remote machines Processing--Tools for extracting valuable information from large datasets Natural Language Processing--Methods for extracting information from human-created text Machine Learning--Tools that automatically perform data analyses, based on results of a one-off analysis Visualization--Applications that present meaningful data graphically Acquisition--Techniques for cleaning up messy public data sources Serialization--Methods to convert data structure or object state into a storable format

Data Source Handbook

by Pete Warden

If you're a developer looking to supplement your own data tools and services, this concise ebook covers the most useful sources of public data available today. You'll find useful information on APIs that offer broad coverage, tie their data to the outside world, and are either accessible online or feature downloadable bulk data. You'll also find code and helpful links. This guide organizes APIs by the subjects they cover--such as websites, people, or places--so you can quickly locate the best resources for augmenting the data you handle in your own service. Categories include: Website tools such as WHOIS, bit.ly, and Compete Services that use email addresses as search terms, including Github Finding information from just a name, with APIs such as WhitePages Services, such as Klout, for locating people with Facebook and Twitter accounts Search APIs, including BOSS and Wikipedia Geographical data sources, including SimpleGeo and U.S. Census Company information APIs, such as CrunchBase and ZoomInfo APIs that list IP addresses, such as MaxMind Services that list books, films, music, and products

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