Course: Massive Data Analysis 2014

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CS-GY 6333 Massive Data Analysis: Tentative Schedule -- subject to change

  • Lecture: Mondays, 1:00pm-3:25pm at 2MTC, room 9.011.


Background (4 weeks)

Week 1 -- Sept 8: Course Overview; the evolution of Data Management

Week 2 -- Sept 15: Provenance and Reproducibility

  • Github setup:

Week 3 -- Sept 22: Introduction to Databases; Relational Model and SQL

Week 4 -- Sept 29: Overview: Advanced SQL and Query Optimization

Big Data Foundations and Infrastructure (3 weeks)

Week 5 -- Oct 6: Cloud computing, Map Reduce and Hadoop

  • Lab: after the lecture, you will work on an in-class exercise. For this you need to install Hadoop on your laptop and have your account setup on AWS. See instructions below.
  • You will use two different Hadoop configurations:
    • Local (on your laptop)
    • Amazon AWS: Each student should have received a token with $100 credit towards computing time at AWS. If you have not received the token yet, contact us immediately! When using AWS, always remember to terminate your instances! If you don't, you will be charged and you are responsible for the charges beyond your credit.
    • See installation instructions for Hadoop on your local machine and how to setup your AWS account in
    • Warning: Install Hadoop in your machine and setup your AWS account before class starts. There will be no time for installing software during our in-class exercise.

  • Required reading:
    • Data-Intensive Text Processing with MapReduce, Chapters 1 and 2
    • Mining of Massive Datasets (2nd Edition), Chapter 2 - 2.1 and 2.2 (Large-Scale File Systems and Map-Reduce).

Week 6 -- Oct 13: Fall Break

Week 7 -- Oct 20: Big Data Analysis with Myria

Week 7 -- Oct 27: Algorithm Design for MapReduce

  • Required reading:
    • Data-Intensive Text Processing with MapReduce, Chapters 1 and 2
    • Mining of Massive Datasets (2nd Edition), Chapter 2.

Week 8 -- Nov 3: Parallel Databases vs MapReduce, Query Processing on Mapreduce and High-level Languages

  • Discussion about project
  • Assignment: check Gradiance!

Big Data Algorithms, Techniques, and Visualization (3 weeks)

Week 9 -- Nov 10: Visualization and Big Data -- Invited lecture by Dr. Huy Vo (NYU CUSP)

Week 10 -- Nov 17: Visualization Techniques -- Invited lecture by Dr. Lauro Lins (AT&T Research)

  • Project status report due!

Week 11 -- Nov 25 Association Rules

  • Suggested additional reading:
    • Fast algorithms for mining association rules, Agrawal and Srikant, VLDB 1994.
    • Data Mining Concepts and Techniques, Jiawei Han and Micheline Kamber, Morgan Kaufmann
    • Dynamic Itemset Counting and Implication Rules for Market Basket Data. Brin et al., SIGMOD 1997.

Week 12 -- Dec 1: Project Updates

Week 13 -- Dec 8: Finding Similar Items and Link Analysis

Week 14 -- Dec 15: Project Presentations