I'm looking for a good introductory book or course to big data analytics. For the practical part, I'm particularly interested into using big data tools in R.

I would prefer a book, but other references are welcome.


  • $\begingroup$ I don't understand why the question is on hold. I think that it does not belong to the class of "primarily opinion-based" (datascience.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask). This question asks for good references (books, tutorials, etc) that is quite common in stackexchange. Moreover, no similar questions have been posted right now (that is focusing on big data analytics in R). Then I call to reopen the question. $\endgroup$
    – PieCot
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 13:51
  • $\begingroup$ I'm one of the 2 close voters. My reason: Big Data Analytics is a very vague term, just like asking references for Data Science. It's very broad. Instead, ask a pin-pointed question like, References for tree-based methods, References for handling high-velocity streaming data, etc :) $\endgroup$
    – Dawny33
    Commented Nov 22, 2016 at 3:41
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Dawny33, big data analytics isn't a vague term. Here it is defined as "the application of advanced analytic techniques to very big data sets", thus not all data mining techniques; "with big data analytics, the user is typically a business analyst who is trying to discover new business facts that no one in the enterprise knew before", so there is a well identified target. Moreover, I asked for introductory material, mainly books with R examples. Anyway, I appreciated your comment. $\endgroup$
    – PieCot
    Commented Nov 22, 2016 at 20:40

1 Answer 1


I tried to explore some of the best available resources, which includes online courses (Free/Paid), Books etc.


Online Courses

These are some best platforms that provide lots of courses with rich content and hands-on labs. You can go from beginner to expert level, followed by intermediate. (courses will be - Free/Paid )

Other References

For more thoughts on that you might like to explore these websites-

Update [BigData in R]

You can go through these references-

That's all from my side. Hope it helps. Cheers!

  • $\begingroup$ Hi, great answer, thanks! Can you suggest also any reference for using big data tools in R? $\endgroup$
    – PieCot
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 11:42
  • $\begingroup$ Hey, sure. I'll update the answer with sample references. Cheers! :) $\endgroup$
    – Abhishek
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 11:50

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