Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Big Data Zone (Feb. 21 to Feb. 27). Here they are, in order of popularity:
Sometimes you just want to make games play themselves. This recent blog post applies reinforcement machine learning techniques to the controversial and recently-disappeared mobile game, Flappy Bird.
Interested in free books on statistical learning? There are a few recently available online, including Elements of Statistical Learning, Introduction to Statistical Learning with Applications in R, and Statistical foundations of machine learning.
Sometimes, reading candidates' answers pisses the author off. He has a question that goes something like this: "We have a 15TB csv file that contains web log, entries sorted by date. Find all log entries within a given date range. You may not read more than 32 MB." This is how one candidate replied.
In this post we will use Avro for serializing and deserializing data. We will use these 3 methods in which we can use Avro for serialization/deserialization: Using Avro command line tools, using Avro Java API without code generation, and using Avro Java API with code generation.