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43 out of 43 people found the following review useful

2 years ago
**partially completed** this course, spending **8 hours** a week on it and found the course difficulty to be **hard**.

One of the best Computer Science algorithm courses (and hopefully, entire specialization) on Coursera's new platform. Here's why:
- The course supports programming assignments in multiple languages: C, C++, Python, Java. You can implement your algorithms in all 4 languages and learn all of them. They have automatic gr
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One of the best Computer Science algorithm courses (and hopefully, entire specialization) on Coursera's new platform. Here's why:

- The course supports programming assignments in multiple languages: C, C++, Python, Java. You can implement your algorithms in all 4 languages and learn all of them. They have automatic grader for all 4 languages.

- Your algorithms need to be optimized to pass the assignments, not just creating output correctly. The grader was designed to test you on 3 criteria: Correct Answer, Time Limit and Memory Limit. This course really forces learners to implement the best algorithms possible, not just a working algorithm.

- The materials presented are very well-designed. You can tell that tons of efforts have been put into developing the videos, the slides, the assignments.

- Talking about the assignments, each week there is one problem set that consists of 4 or 5 smaller problems. These problems range from easy (discussed in lectures, you only need to write code) - medium (not hard, but you need to design your own algorithm) - advanced (hard, and you'll need to design your own algorithm. They are not trivial. They are really challenging, and you'll spend a lot of time doing them, especially the advanced problems, but you'll learn a lot of things in the process.

- About algorithms itself, this course introduces recursion, naive and efficient algorithms in the first lesson. Next, it teaches greedy algorithms, divide-and-conquer and last but not least: dynamic programming. For each topic, there is one problem set consisting of 4-5 problems ranging from easy to advanced.

- The discussion forums are so lively with people constantly discussing correct solutions, different approaches to the problem, algorithms efficiency, even differences between languages! I have learnt so much from the forum, note that it is just the first week. The discussion thread for Programming assignment 1 alone, in just a few days, there were already 100 posts from everyone. Why? Because the last problem is so challenging, everyone turns to the forum to help each other. At first, I passed the advanced problem, but my algorithm running time was borderline. One fellow classmate suggests a brilliant improvement to my algorithm, and I was able to reduce it to 1% of the original running time! Crazy!

- The instructor is very active in the forum. He helped a lot of people with their problems, very frequently.

The drawback of this course is that it has pay-access (you will not be able to submit assignments without payment, however you can view them). However, I think it is very justifiable. It is very easy to tell that tons of effort, money, time and expertise have been put into making this course possible and it is well-worth the price tag.

- The course supports programming assignments in multiple languages: C, C++, Python, Java. You can implement your algorithms in all 4 languages and learn all of them. They have automatic grader for all 4 languages.

- Your algorithms need to be optimized to pass the assignments, not just creating output correctly. The grader was designed to test you on 3 criteria: Correct Answer, Time Limit and Memory Limit. This course really forces learners to implement the best algorithms possible, not just a working algorithm.

- The materials presented are very well-designed. You can tell that tons of efforts have been put into developing the videos, the slides, the assignments.

- Talking about the assignments, each week there is one problem set that consists of 4 or 5 smaller problems. These problems range from easy (discussed in lectures, you only need to write code) - medium (not hard, but you need to design your own algorithm) - advanced (hard, and you'll need to design your own algorithm. They are not trivial. They are really challenging, and you'll spend a lot of time doing them, especially the advanced problems, but you'll learn a lot of things in the process.

- About algorithms itself, this course introduces recursion, naive and efficient algorithms in the first lesson. Next, it teaches greedy algorithms, divide-and-conquer and last but not least: dynamic programming. For each topic, there is one problem set consisting of 4-5 problems ranging from easy to advanced.

- The discussion forums are so lively with people constantly discussing correct solutions, different approaches to the problem, algorithms efficiency, even differences between languages! I have learnt so much from the forum, note that it is just the first week. The discussion thread for Programming assignment 1 alone, in just a few days, there were already 100 posts from everyone. Why? Because the last problem is so challenging, everyone turns to the forum to help each other. At first, I passed the advanced problem, but my algorithm running time was borderline. One fellow classmate suggests a brilliant improvement to my algorithm, and I was able to reduce it to 1% of the original running time! Crazy!

- The instructor is very active in the forum. He helped a lot of people with their problems, very frequently.

The drawback of this course is that it has pay-access (you will not be able to submit assignments without payment, however you can view them). However, I think it is very justifiable. It is very easy to tell that tons of effort, money, time and expertise have been put into making this course possible and it is well-worth the price tag.

26 out of 27 people found the following review useful

2 years ago
**partially completed** this course.

Awesome course! Strongly recommend for people who want to learn algorithms from the ground up. However, basic programming will not be taught. So if you want to fare easily in this course, you should have basic ideas of programming in C++ Python Java. All the people in the discussion forums all have programming experien
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Awesome course! Strongly recommend for people who want to learn algorithms from the ground up. However, basic programming will not be taught. So if you want to fare easily in this course, you should have basic ideas of programming in C++ Python Java. All the people in the discussion forums all have programming experience, so if you're completely new please don't enroll because if you ask basic questions, it's hard to get an answer because everyone is busy discussing about algorithm efficiency, memory usage, etc.

Strongly recommend!!! Another amazing MOOC from UCSD!!!

Strongly recommend!!! Another amazing MOOC from UCSD!!!

5 out of 5 people found the following review useful

a year ago
**completed** this course, spending **5 hours** a week on it and found the course difficulty to be **medium**.

[+] Great lectures! [+] Constant in-video quizzes to check understanding of the current lecture [-] Really short (typically 3-5 multiple choice questions) and easy weekly quizzes, would love to have a bit more challenging questions in there, or just more examples of different problems that are solved with recently le
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[+] Great lectures! [+] Constant in-video quizzes to check understanding of the current lecture [-] Really short (typically 3-5 multiple choice questions) and easy weekly quizzes, would love to have a bit more challenging questions in there, or just more examples of different problems that are solved with recently learned algorithm. But you can cover this by doing exercises from recommended textbook(s), so not a big problem [+] Nice and relevant, not too hard programming assignments, with one or two optional advanced problems each week

7 months ago

I am at the last week of the course. Only problem is that lectures are not self sufficient for the course as you have to learn from other sources too. Accent of the two professors are difficult to understand. Although Programming assignments are challenging and fun to solve. Challenges are the parts from which you can learn a lot.

10 months ago
is taking this course right now.

explanations are very poor

i have to read a lot and search online for other videos and tutorials to understand whats going on

not recommended

i have to read a lot and search online for other videos and tutorials to understand whats going on

not recommended

6 months ago
**completed** this course.

I have completed the first three classes of this series.
Algorithms is not easy to teach. Smart people aren't necessarily good teachers. Only the visiting professor from Russia, Alexander Kulikov is super clear in his thinking and conveys the right way to traverse these complex concepts. Every word he says is relevan
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I have completed the first three classes of this series.

Algorithms is not easy to teach. Smart people aren't necessarily good teachers. Only the visiting professor from Russia, Alexander Kulikov is super clear in his thinking and conveys the right way to traverse these complex concepts. Every word he says is relevant and is necessary and meaningful.

Other profs, explain simple or unnecessarily things for a long time and they really need to focus on how to convey the complex concepts in a better way to improve this course. The programming exercises are good, though they could be even better.

Algorithms is not easy to teach. Smart people aren't necessarily good teachers. Only the visiting professor from Russia, Alexander Kulikov is super clear in his thinking and conveys the right way to traverse these complex concepts. Every word he says is relevant and is necessary and meaningful.

Other profs, explain simple or unnecessarily things for a long time and they really need to focus on how to convey the complex concepts in a better way to improve this course. The programming exercises are good, though they could be even better.

9 months ago
**partially completed** this course.

This class is awesome with problem sets like you would expect from a top university. You already need to know how to code and to handle input and output. If you are stuck with that, look at the tutorials on hackerrank.

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a year ago
**partially completed** this course.

The level of difficulty and level of explanation vary greatly throughout the course. I really hate that I paid for this course, and would not recommend it to anyone. I have to sit it out, but it is boring and ill-explained.

1 out of 6 people found the following review useful

a year ago
is taking this course right now.

There is a reason why this course is not free and you have to pay upfront to take it. Because, if it was free, most people would drop it after the second week.
The accents are unintelligible. The explanations are poor. The course does not have any meat and bones. In the fifth week, we have barely progressed to dynami
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There is a reason why this course is not free and you have to pay upfront to take it. Because, if it was free, most people would drop it after the second week.

The accents are unintelligible. The explanations are poor. The course does not have any meat and bones. In the fifth week, we have barely progressed to dynamic programming.

I can't give lower than 5 stars hence the one star.

Save your time and money and take the Stanford and Princeton courses.

The accents are unintelligible. The explanations are poor. The course does not have any meat and bones. In the fifth week, we have barely progressed to dynamic programming.

I can't give lower than 5 stars hence the one star.

Save your time and money and take the Stanford and Princeton courses.

0 out of 6 people found the following review useful

0 out of 4 people found the following review useful