KijiExpress is a modeling environment designed to make defining data processing MapReduce jobs quick and expressive, particularly for data stored in Kiji tables. KijiExpress jobs are written in the Scala programming language, which gives you access to Java libraries and tools but is more concise and easier to write. KijiExpress gives you access to functionality for building predictive models by including the Scalding library, a Twitter sponsored open-source library for authoring flows of analytics-focused MapReduce jobs. KijiExpress is integrated with Avro to give you access to complex records in your data transformation pipelines.

In this tutorial, we demonstrate how to use KijiExpress to analyze your data effectively. You will:

  • Run Kiji and create tables in HBase, the underlying data store.
  • Quickly and efficiently import data into a Kiji table.
  • Define a KijiExpress pipeline that reads from a Kiji table and counts occurrences of an event.
  • Run your KijiExpress job locally and verify the output for jobs.
  • Use KijiExpress to make recommendations based on users' past behavior.

The tutorial gets you started with the beginnings of a music recommendation engine. The input is in the form of JSON files that contain metadata about songs and users' listening history. You will import this data into Kiji tables. Then you'll put this material to use by writing a simple program to count the number of times a song is played. The tutorial goes on to show how to calculate a song recommendation from the most popular song played after a given song.

How to Use this Tutorial

  • Code Walkthrough - Code snippets are in gray boxes with language-specific syntax highlighting.
println("Hello Kiji")
  • Shell Commands - Shell commands to run the above code will be in light blue boxes, and the results in grey. All of this text is literal unless it appears in angle brackets.
echo "Hello Kiji"
Hello Kiji