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Apache Spark is one of the best frameworks when it comes to Big Data analytics. No sooner this powerful technology integrates with a simple yet efficient language like Python, it gives us an extremely handy and easy to use API called PySpark. In this article, I am going to throw some light on one of the building blocks of PySpark called Resilient Distributed Dataset or more popularly known as PySpark RDD.
By the end of this PySpark RDD tutorial, you would have an understanding of the below topics:
Iterative distributed computing, i.e., processing of data over multiple jobs requires reusing and sharing of data among them. Before RDDs came into the picture, frameworks like Hadoop faced difficulty in processing multiple operations/jobs. Also, a stable and distributed intermediate data store was needed, like HDFS or Amazon S3. These media for Data sharing helped in performing various computations like Logistic Regression, K-means clustering, Page rank algorithms, ad-hoc queries etc. But nothing comes for free, data sharing leads to slow data processing because of multiple I/O operation like replication and serialization. This scenario is depicted below:
You may go through the webinar recording of PytSpark RDDs where our instructor has explained the topics in a detailed manner with various examples.
This video will provide you with detailed and comprehensive knowledge of RDD, which are considered the backbone of Apache Spark.
Resilient Distributed Datasets (RDDs) are a distributed memory abstraction that helps a programmer to perform in-memory computations on large clusters that too in a fault-tolerant manner.
RDDs are considered to be the backbone of PySpark. It’s one of the pioneers in the fundamental schema-less data structure, that can handle both structured and unstructured data. The in-memory data sharing makes RDDs 10-100x faster than network and disk sharing.
Now you might be wondering about its working. Well, the data in an RDD is split into chunks based on a key. RDDs are highly resilient, i.e, they are able to recover quickly from any issues as the same data chunks are replicated across multiple executor nodes. Thus, even if one executor node fails, another will still process the data. This allows you to perform your functional calculations against your dataset very quickly by harnessing the power of multiple nodes.
Before I move ahead with this PySpark RDD Tutorial, let me lay down few more intriguing features of PySpark.
In the next section of PySpark RDD Tutorial, I will introduce you to the various operations offered by PySpark RDDs.
RDD supports two types of operations namely:
Let me help you to create an RDD in PySpark and apply few operations on them.
myRDD = sc.parallelize([('JK', 22), ('V', 24), ('Jimin',24), ('RM', 25), ('J-Hope', 25), ('Suga', 26), ('Jin', 27)]) myRDD.take(7)
New_RDD = sc.textFile("file:///home/edureka/Desktop/Sample") New_RDD.take(4)
CSV_RDD = (sc.textFile("file:///home/edureka/Downloads/fifa_players.csv", minPartitions= 4).map(lambda element: element.split(" "))) CSV_RDD.take(3)
def Func(lines): lines = lines.lower() lines = lines.split() return lines Split_rdd = New_RDD.map(Func) Split_rdd.take(5)
stopwords = ['a','all','the','as','is','am','an','and','be','been','from','had','I','I’d','why','with'] RDD = New_RDD.flatMap(Func) RDD1 = RDD.filter(lambda x: x not in stopwords) RDD1.take(4)
import re filteredRDD = RDD.filter(lambda x: x.startswith('c')) filteredRDD.distinct().take(50)
rdd_mapped = RDD.map(lambda x: (x,1)) rdd_grouped = rdd_mapped.groupByKey() rdd_frequency = rdd_grouped.mapValues(sum).map(lambda x: (x,x)).sortByKey(False) rdd_frequency.take(10)
a = sc.parallelize([('a',2),('b',3)]) b = sc.parallelize([('a',9),('b',7),('c',10)])
Performing Join operation on the RDDs
c = a.join(b) c.collect()
num_rdd = sc.parallelize(range(1,5000)) num_rdd.reduce(lambda x,y: x+y)
data_keydata_key = sc.parallelize([('a', 4),('b', 3),('c', 2),('a', 8),('d', 2),('b', 1),('d', 3)],4) data_keydata_key.reduceByKey(lambda x, y: x + y).collect()
test = [('a', 1), ('b', 2), ('1', 3), ('d', 4), ('2', 5)] sc.parallelize(test).sortByKey(True, 1).collect()
##Creating two new RDDs rdd_a = sc.parallelize([1,2,3,4]) rdd_b = sc.parallelize([3,4,5,6])
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You have to calculate the page rank of a set of web pages based on the illustrated webpage system. Below is a diagram representing four web pages, Amazon, Google, Wikipedia, and Youtube, in our system. For the ease of access, let’s name them a,b,c, and d respectively. Here, the web page ‘a’ has outbound links to pages b, c, and d. Similarly, page ‘b’ has an outbound link to pages d and c. Web page ‘c’ has an outbound link to page b, and page ‘d’ has an outbound link to pages a and c.
To solve this, we will be implementing the page-rank algorithm that was developed by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. This algorithm helps in determining the rank of a particular web page within a group of web pages. Higher the page rank, higher it will appear in a search result list. Thus, will hold more relevance.
The contribution to page rank is given by the following formula:
Let me break it down for you:
PRt+1(Pi) = Page rank of a site
PRt(Pj) = Page rank of an inbound link
C(Pj) = Number of links on that page
In our problem statement, it is shown that the web page ‘a’ has three outbound links. So, according to the algorithm, the contribution to page rank of page d by page a is PR(a) / 3. Now we have to calculate the contribution of page b to page d. Page b has two outbound links: the first to page c, and the second to page d. Hence, the contribution by page b is PR(b) / 2.
So the page rank of page d will be updated as follows, where s is known as the damping factor :
PR(d) = 1 – s + s × (PR(a)/3 + PR(b)/2)
Let’s now execute this using PySpark RDDs.
##Creating Nested Lists of Web Pages with Outbound Links pageLinks = [['a', ['b','c','d']], ['c', ['b']],['b', ['d','c']],['d', ['a','c']]] ##Initializing Rank #1 to all the webpages pageRanks = [['a',1],['c',1],['b',1],['d',1]] ##Defining the number of iterations for running the page rank ###It will return the contribution to the page rank for the list of URIs def rankContribution(uris, rank): numberOfUris = len(uris) rankContribution = float(rank) / numberOfUris newrank = for uri in uris: newrank.append((uri, rankContribution)) return newrank ##Creating paired RDDs of link data pageLinksRDD = sc.parallelize(pageLinks, 2) pageLinksRDD.collect()
##Creating the paired RDD of our rank data pageRanksRDD = sc.parallelize(pageRanks, 2) pageRanksRDD.collect()
##Defining the number of iterations and the damping factor, s numIter = 20 s = 0.85 ##Creating a Loop for Updating Page Rank for i in range(numIter): linksRank = pageLinksRDD.join(pageRanksRDD) contributedRDD = linksRank.flatMap(lambda x : rankContribution(x,x)) sumRanks = contributedRDD.reduceByKey(lambda v1,v2 : v1+v2) pageRanksRDD = sumRanks.map(lambda x : (x,(1-s)+s*x)) pageRanksRDD.collect()
This gives us the result that ‘c’ has the highest page rank followed by ‘a’, ‘d’ and ‘b’.
With this, we come to an end of this PySpark RDD. Hope it helped in adding some value to your knowledge.