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Algorithms for DNA Sequencing

Written 3 years ago
Hello! I am a developer who's considering moving into bioinformatics. I took the course to get an understanding of the type of problems that computer scientists face in bio. Wanted to give you some feedback.

Pros

1:) Good introduction to the problems faced by computer scientists in bioinformatics. Got me very interested in the topic.

2:) Described the right amount of biology: enough to understand problem, but definitely geared towards algorithm side.

3:) Actual description of the algorithms and their complexity was pretty clear.

4:) Practical slant with lots of actual coding.

5:) Pace was good and Ben is talented an explaining concepts.

Cons

1:) Would have been nice to use some of the tools bioinformaticians use. I understand that we're learning from first principle a lot of the algorithms that they actually use in their tools, but it would have been nice to learn, say "Boyer Moore is used in such and such tools whereas kmer indexing is used in such and such" and then actually tried them out.

2:) Along with that, if we had a meatier project than just the programming assignments we were given, one closer to what actual bioinformaticians do, that would also have bee nice.

Of course, both of those cons are perhaps outside the scope of the class, so I understand why they weren't included. Overall, very worthwhile class, 4.5 stars out of 5 (rounding up to 5).
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Mark Wang completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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