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Large Scale Graph Mining with Spark

PyGotham 2018 talk. See also my tutorial on Medium.

Getting started

This repo includes Dockerfile for running a Jupyter notebook with pyspark.

Running the notebook

  1. Make sure you have Docker installed.
  2. Run make build to create your Docker image. This may take a while.
  3. Run make run_notebook_volume. This starts a Docker container with a volume containing the notebooks and sample dataset
  4. Go to to see the notebook server. You may need to enter authentication token, which will be somewhere in your terminal output.
  5. Open work/notebooks/Graphframes_demo.

Stopping Jupyter notebook

  1. Find Docker process with docker ps.
  2. Kill container with docker kill <container_id>.

About the sample dataset

I also included a small sample dataset that I created from the Common Crawl September 2017 dataset. The data, stored in a parquet file under notebooks/data/outlinks_pq, has the following format:

  • parent: full URL of parent node, the html I pulled links from.
  • parentTLD: top level domain of parent
  • childTLD: top level domain of child
  • child: full url of child node, the link found on the parent web page.

Hopefully this will jumpstart your exploration of web graphs, LPA, PageRank, and other cool features!


Adamic, Lada A., and Natalie Glance. "The political blogosphere and the 2004 US election: divided they blog." Proceedings of the 3rd international workshop on Link discovery. ACM, 2005.

Common Crawl dataset (September 2017).

Farine, Damien R., et al. "Both nearest neighbours and long-term affiliates predict individual locations during collective movement in wild baboons." Scientific reports 6 (2016): 27704

Fortunato, Santo. "Community detection in graphs." Physics reports 486.3-5 (2010): 75-174.

Girvan, Michelle, and Mark EJ Newman. “Community structure in social and biological networks.” Proceedings of the national academy of sciences 99.12 (2002): 7821–7826.

Leskovec, Jure, Anand Rajaraman, and Jeffrey David Ullman. Mining of massive datasets. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Raghavan, Usha Nandini, Réka Albert, and Soundar Kumara. "Near linear time algorithm to detect community structures in large-scale networks." Physical review E 76.3 (2007): 036106.

Zachary karate club network dataset -- KONECT, April 2017.

Additional Resources


  • I like Learning Spark by Holden Karau, Andy Konwinski, Patrick Wendell, and Matei Zaharia.
  • Also High Performance Spark by Holden Karau and Rachel Warren.



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