Mining Massive Data Sets
Winter 2015
The course will discuss data mining and machine learning algorithms for analyzing very large amounts of data. The emphasis will be on Map Reduce as a tool for creating parallel algorithms that can process very large amounts of data.
This year we are also offering a new 1 unit course: CS246H: Mining Massive Data Sets: Hadoop Labs!


Important course information will be posted on this web page and announced in class. You are responsible for all material that appears here and should check this page for updates frequently.

  • 1/5: The first class will be held at 9:30am on Tuesday, January 6, in NVidia Auditorium, Huang Engineering Center.
  • 1/5: There will be 2 optional recitation sessions which will review basic material on Probability and Linear Algebra: Friday, January 9, 4:15-5:30pm (Probability), and Friday, January 16, 4:15-5:30pm (Linear Algebra) in Gates B01. Sessions will be video recorded.
  • 1/4: Hadoop tutorial has been posted. Due 1/13.
  • 1/4: Course handout has been posted.

  • Course information:


    Tuesday & Thursday 9:30AM - 10:45AM in NVidia Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center.

    Watch video lectures on SCPD. Stanford students can see them here.
    Non-School of Engineering students can submit an access request and you'll get access to the videos.


    Jure Leskovec
    Office Hours: Wednesday 9-10am, Gates 418

    TAs and Office hours (Starting from the second week, Jan 10):

    Negar Rahmati
    Office Hours: Monday 10am-12pm, Location: Gates B24A

    Jean-Yves Stephan
    Office Hours: Monday 3-5pm, Location: 360-361A

    Peter Lofgren
    Office Hours: Tuesday 3-5pm, Location: Gates B26B

    Clifford Huang
    Office Hours: Tuesday 5-7pm, Location: Gates B26B

    Janice Lan
    Office Hours: Wednesday 2-4pm, Location: Lathrop Tech Lounge

    Nat Roth
    Office Hours: Wednesday 6-8pm, Location: Gates B24B

    Clement Ntwari Nshuti
    Office Hours: Thursday 5-7pm, Location: 300-303

    Dima Brezhnev
    Office Hours: Thursday 7-9pm, Location: Huang Basement

    Hristo Paskov
    Office Hours: Friday 12-2pm, Location: Gates B24A

    James (Yuqi) Liu
    Office Hours: Friday 2-4pm, Location: Gates B24A

    The weekend office hours are held every Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 12pm via Hangouts. The link is posted on Piazza before each session.

    Email address:

    You can reach us at cs246-win1415-staff@lists.stanford.edu
    Use Piazza to post class related questions: https://piazza.com/stanford/winter2015/cs246/home.

    Previous versions of the course

    CS246: Winter 2014

    CS246: Winter 2013

    CS246: Winter 2012

    CS246: Winter 2011

    CS345a: Winter 2010