WordCount using Spark shell

It is like any introductory big data example should somehow demonstrate how to count words in distributed fashion.

In the following example you’re going to count the words in README.md file that sits in your Spark distribution and save the result under README.count directory.

You’re going to use the Spark shell for the example. Execute spark-shell.

val lines = sc.textFile("README.md")               (1)

val words = lines.flatMap(_.split("\\s+"))         (2)

val wc = words.map(w => (w, 1)).reduceByKey(_ + _) (3)

wc.saveAsTextFile("README.count")                  (4)
  1. Read the text file - refer to Using Input and Output (I/O).

  2. Split each line into words and flatten the result.

  3. Map each word into a pair and count them by word (key).

  4. Save the result into text files - one per partition.

After you have executed the example, see the contents of the README.count directory:

$ ls -lt README.count
total 16
-rw-r--r--  1 jacek  staff     0  9 paź 13:36 _SUCCESS
-rw-r--r--  1 jacek  staff  1963  9 paź 13:36 part-00000
-rw-r--r--  1 jacek  staff  1663  9 paź 13:36 part-00001

The files part-0000x contain the pairs of word and the count.

$ cat README.count/part-00000

Further (self-)development

Please read the questions and give answers first before looking at the link given.

  1. Why are there two files under the directory?

  2. How could you have only one?

  3. How to filter out words by name?

  4. How to count words?

Please refer to the chapter Partitions to find some of the answers.

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