Analyzing Big Data with Microsoft R (M20773)



The main purpose of the course is to give students the ability to use Microsoft R Server to create and run an analysis on a large dataset and show how to utilize it in Big Data environments, such as a Hadoop or Spark cluster, or a SQL Server database.


The primary audience for this course is people who wish to analyze large datasets within a big data environment.
The secondary audience are developers who need to integrate R analyses into their solutions.


  • Programming experience using R, and familiarity with common R packages
  • Knowledge of common statistical methods and data analysis best practices.
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how Microsoft R Server and Microsoft R Client work
  • Use R Client with R Server to explore big data held in different data stores
  • Visualize data by using graphs and plots
  • Transform and clean big data sets
  • Implement options for splitting analysis jobs into parallel tasks�
  • Build and evaluate regression models generated from big data�
  • Create, score, and deploy partitioning models generated from big data
  • Use R in the SQL Server and Hadoop environments��

Module 1: Microsoft R Server and R Client

  • What is Microsoft R server
  • Using Microsoft R client
  • The ScaleR functions

Module 2: Exploring Big Data

  • Understanding ScaleR data sources
  • Reading data into an XDF object
  • Summarizing data in an XDF object

Module 3: Visualizing Big Data

  • Visualizing In-memory data
  • Visualizing big data

Module 4: Processing Big

  • Transforming Big Data
  • Managing datasets

Module 5: Parallelizing Analysis Operations

  • Using the RxLocalParallel compute context with rxExec
  • Using the revoPemaR package

Module 6: Creating and Evaluating Regression Models

  • Clustering Big Data
  • Generating regression models and making predictions

Module 7: Creating and Evaluating Partitioning Models

  • Creating partitioning models based on decision trees.
  • Test partitioning models by making and comparing predictions

Module 8: Processing Big Data in SQL Server and Hadoop

  • Using R in SQL Server
  • Using Hadoop Map/Reduce
  • Using Hadoop Spark