Course Information:

  • IDS 561 - Analytics for Big Data
  • Fall 2021
  • Wed. 6pm - 8:[email protected] Center C #1
  • yuhenghu at uic dot edu
  • Office hour: Email


The “big data” paradigm has drawn a significant amount of attention in recent years as costs of acquiring and storing data have plummeted. Instead, bottlenecks have been shifted to fast and in-depth analysis. However, this shift has created its own set of problems, the most obvious one is that large datasets are often computationally expensive to process. Algorithms that are efficiently capable of processing data that fit in memory may become prohibitively expensive to use on larger datasets. Consequently, it can be difficult to gain insights from the underlying data.

This course is an introductory course for big data analytics and data science. It has three main goals. First, it is intended to provide the student with an appreciation for the issues involved in doing data science to work on datasets that do not fit in main memory. Second, it is intended to provide a working knowledge of and experience with some of the current distributed frameworks (e.g. Hadoop). Third, the course is intended to provide students with hands-on opportunities to implement solutions using real-world datasets.

Academic Integrity

You are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty. Unless otherwise specified, collaboration on assignments is not allowed. Use of published materials is allowed, but the sources should be explicitly stated in your solutions. Violations will be reviewed and sanctioned according to the University Policy on Academic Integrity. Collaborations among team members are only allowed for the final term projects that are selected. "Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception and is an educational objective of this institution. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work for another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students." For more information about violations of academic integrity and their consequences, consult


IDS 400/401, and IDS 572

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In-class survey

Weekly Schedule

Classs Date Topic Assignment Note
Aug 25 Introduction of Big data analytics HW #0 Environment setup and testing
Sept 1 Big data with MapReduce I
Sept 8 Big data with MapReduce II HW #1 MapReduce using Python Lab #1 on Sept 9th
Sept 15 Big data with Spark I Pop-up quiz 1
Sept 22 Big data with Spark II
Sept 29 Real-time Streaming Computing Models HW #2 Programming with Spark HW #1 due, Project proposal due, Lab #2 on Sept 30
Oct 6 Query Processing on Big Data Platforms
Oct 13 Data Frame on Spark Pop-up quiz 2
Oct 20 Distributed Data Store I: CAP theorem HW #3 Data Processing using Spark HW #2 due, Lab #3 on Oct 21
Oct 27 Distributed Data Store II: NoSQL and Cloud Computing Mid-term project progress report due
Nov 3 Machine Learning for Big Data: Clustering Pop-up quiz 3, HW #3 due
Nov 10 Machine Learning for Big Data: Recommender Systems HW #4 Recommender system in Spark Lab #4 on Nov 11
Nov 17 Machine Learning for Big Data: Graph analysis + Frequent Pattern Mining
Nov 24 Machine Learning for Big Data: Text Processing HW #4 due, Pop-up quiz 4
Dec 1 Final Presentation