Understanding how to approach programming problems and devise a solution is an essential skill for any Python developer. In this course, you’ll learn new concepts, patterns, and methods that will expand your coding abilities from programming expert, Peter Norvig.
Why Take This Course? Move along the path towards becoming an expert programmer! In this class you will practice going from a problem description to a solution, using a series of assignments. During office hours segments, Peter will also share his own personal tips and tricks for approaching programming problems - and his techniques may surprise you!
### Lesson 1: Winning Poker Hands
Steps of the design process; Developing for clarity and generality;
Arguments for program correctness; Experimentation and simulation.;
Design tradeoffs; Simplicity and Clarity. Decomposition and composability.
### Lesson 2: Back of the Envelope
Back of envelope calculations; When to use brute force and when to be
clever; The Zebra puzzle; Generator expressions; Permutations and
combinations. Cryptarithmetic; Recursive and wishful thinking; Longest palindrome
### Lesson 3: Regular Expressions, other languages and interpreters
Defining the language of regular expressions; Interpreting the language;
Defining the set of strings matched by a regular expression;
### Lesson 4: Dealing with complexity through search
Search: finding your way with a flashlight or boat; pouring water.
Analyzing the efficiency of an algorithm; Recurrence relations; Matching
data types with algorithms.
### Lesson 5: Dealing with uncertainty through probability
Probability: the game of Pig; Maximizing expected utility to optimize strategy.
### Lesson 6: Word Games
Managing complexity; Large sets of words; Appropriate data structures; Word games.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
All I can say is wow. If you want to watch a master, irrespective of your experience as Python programmer. Peter Norvig is someone you will want to learn with. Each week his lesson explored different concepts in computer science. His lectures had a different them each week and made for a very interesting experience. Be prepared to work hard and learn about the power of Python and some elegant ways to solve some tough problems.
It is a fantastic class. Very challenging. Norvig is a virtuoso at problem solving and Python programming. It is not introductory, it is a great help to people who already know programming and some Python. It can move them (us) to a new higher level. Many quizzes and program assignments with good feedback.