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To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.

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.

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful

5 years ago
**completed** this course.

This course covers following topics : finite automata (deterministic, non-deterministic), regular expressions, context-free grammars and languages, Turing machines, decidability, and P and NP problems. The course closely follows the book “Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation” by John Hopcroft, Ra
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This course covers following topics : finite automata (deterministic, non-deterministic), regular expressions, context-free grammars and languages, Turing machines, decidability, and P and NP problems. The course closely follows the book “Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation” by John Hopcroft, Rajeev Motwani and Jeffrey Ullman. I found the book more interesting than video lectures that , in my opinion, were too long and sometimes boring. Last two weeks, again, in my opinion, were rushed and I didn't really understand P and NP problems. That said, I'm glad I took this course and satisfied my interest in regular languages and context-free grammars.

5 out of 5 people found the following review useful

3 years ago
**completed** this course.

Automata lead me to more revelations about the nature of computing than any other class I’ve taken, online or offline. It was fantastic. Discrete math is definitely a pre-requisite but the course info page provided a link to a free online book for students without the needed background!
The only caveat about this clas
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Automata lead me to more revelations about the nature of computing than any other class I’ve taken, online or offline. It was fantastic. Discrete math is definitely a pre-requisite but the course info page provided a link to a free online book for students without the needed background!

The only caveat about this class is that unlike a lot of MOOCs, just working at the keyboard doesn’t work so well. I strongly recommend breaking out a pencil and paper and working through all the problems in the videos and homework assignments.

The only caveat about this class is that unlike a lot of MOOCs, just working at the keyboard doesn’t work so well. I strongly recommend breaking out a pencil and paper and working through all the problems in the videos and homework assignments.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful

2 years ago
**completed** this course.

Automata is an interesting concept and I had no prior knowledge to this part of computer science. Course content is good but one needs to invest lot of effort to learn it. I used 2 books linz(1) and ullman(2) books for studying the subject. But still i need to study hard to learn the concepts properly. NP complete and
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Automata is an interesting concept and I had no prior knowledge to this part of computer science. Course content is good but one needs to invest lot of effort to learn it. I used 2 books linz(1) and ullman(2) books for studying the subject. But still i need to study hard to learn the concepts properly. NP complete and context free grammars were the points where i became blank.

But finally completed the course :D

Cheers!

But finally completed the course :D

Cheers!

2 out of 4 people found the following review useful

4 years ago
**completed** this course.

As the other reviewer stated, the lectures are too long , and the concepts advanced is a very rapid fashion.

However i would say , i don't have a computer science or maths background. It was useful for quality information on automata

However i would say , i don't have a computer science or maths background. It was useful for quality information on automata

2 years ago
**completed** this course.

Automata is an interesting concept and I had no prior knowledge to this part of computer science. Course content is good but one needs to invest lot of effort to learn it. I used 2 books linz(1) and ullman(2) books for studying the subject. But still i need to study hard to learn the concepts properly. NP complete and
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Automata is an interesting concept and I had no prior knowledge to this part of computer science. Course content is good but one needs to invest lot of effort to learn it. I used 2 books linz(1) and ullman(2) books for studying the subject. But still i need to study hard to learn the concepts properly. NP complete and context free grammars were the points where i became blank.

But finally completed the course :D

Cheers!

But finally completed the course :D

Cheers!

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful

2 years ago
**partially completed** this course, spending **10 hours** a week on it and found the course difficulty to be **hard**.

0 out of 3 people found the following review useful

0 out of 3 people found the following review useful