Apache Pig

What is Apache Pig?

Apache Pig is a high-level platform for processing and analyzing large datasets using the Hadoop framework. It provides an abstraction over Hadoop’s MapReduce programming model, allowing users to write complex data processing tasks using a simple scripting language called Pig Latin. Apache Pig is designed to handle both structured and unstructured data and is particularly useful for data extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) tasks.

Features of Apache Pig

  1. Ease of programming: Pig Latin is a simple scripting language that allows users to express complex data processing tasks with just a few lines of code.
  2. Optimization: Apache Pig automatically optimizes the execution of Pig Latin scripts, reducing the need for manual optimization.
  3. Extensibility: Users can create custom functions to extend Pig Latin’s functionality using languages like Java, Python, and Ruby.
  4. UDF (User Defined Functions): Apache Pig allows users to create their own functions to perform specific tasks, making it highly customizable and flexible.
  5. Compatibility: Apache Pig works with various data formats, including structured and unstructured data.

Example of Apache Pig Script

Suppose we have a dataset containing information about students and their scores in different subjects. The dataset is stored as a text file with the following format:


We can use Apache Pig to calculate the average score for each student in the dataset. Here’s a simple Pig Latin script to do that:

-- Load the dataset
data = LOAD 'students.txt' USING PigStorage(',') AS (name:chararray, subject:chararray, score:int);

-- Group the data by student name
grouped_data = GROUP data BY name;

-- Calculate the average score for each student
average_scores = FOREACH grouped_data GENERATE group AS name, AVG(data.score) AS avg_score;

-- Store the result in a text file
STORE average_scores INTO 'average_scores.txt';

This script would produce an output file average_scores.txt with the following content:


Additional Resources

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