Jan 20, 2017
I liked the fact that the algorithms are not just the introductory searching and sorting algorithms. The assignments are fairly difficult (I have decent scripting experience), but not impossibly so.
Sep 29, 2017
good course, I like the fact you can use a lot of languages for you programming exercises, the content is really helpful, I would like to have more indications from the grading system to save time.
автор: Jitendra S•
Aug 13, 2017
Need to more practise question
автор: Bijoy D•
Jun 15, 2020
explanations are not so good
автор: Nicolas E•
Oct 26, 2016
A little light on the theory
автор: Aryan V•
Jul 07, 2019
subtitle donot work on pc
автор: Alan Z•
May 17, 2018
Not well designed course
автор: harshit s•
Jun 21, 2020
not good for begineers
автор: Ashwin M•
May 15, 2020
Advanced for beginners
Mar 03, 2018
kind of difficult
автор: Liangqu C•
Sep 22, 2017
Feel not great
автор: Yi L•
May 28, 2019
автор: Zhongyu K•
May 13, 2016
Even though this course covers a lot fundamentals for introduction to algorithm, the course itself is not designed as good as I expected. For starters, the weekly problem designs aren't very good. Some problem statements are ambiguous and not very clear unless you read more than one time or take a closer look at the examples. Often, the input format/arguments are designed to take redundant info. Some problem even has more than one possible correct outputs, which is just confusing for learning purpose.
In terms of lecture videos, it's good that there are some classic algorithm problems being demonstrated in the video, however the linkage between how to express a problem in mathematical languages is poorly explained. For example, in the lecture of edit distance, the realization of the matrix was not well explained at all. I personally appreciate a lot of the thorough proving steps introduced in the lectures, however I personally think the proofs are often not well explained to the audience (I also understand that it's more difficult to explain proving steps). Considering the large variety of audience, I would recommend the instructors separate the comprehensive more in-depth knowledge into optional videos, in this way the audiences could decide if they want to spend time in optional videos or not based on their own needs, meanwhile the instructors could spend a little bit more time to explain the difficult concepts better. Overall, I know that talking and analyzing algorithms can be kinda of boring and challenging, but I wish the course videos could be stated in a more interesting and intriguing way.
автор: VICTOR A•
Apr 26, 2016
The course starts very promising, but it gets worse week after week, culminating on a barely understandable week about dynamic programming. That’s when I gave up and decided to write this review instead, with just one assignment missing to complete the course.
Some of the teachers aren’t native english speakers, which is fine, but their english is very hard to understand. I found myself having to watch some portions of the videos over and over again in order to understand what was being said. I tried reading the transcripts instead, but the they’re even worse! It seems that they were automatically generated from the videos, thus suffering with the poor pronunciation.
The teachers use mathematical sophistication that feels unnecessary, but to be fair, they do mention it on the FAQ as part of the necessary background. However, even though it’s an online course, they barely use any teaching method besides very raw slides, some dry mathematical proofs and someone speaking about the content. The only resources offered to help learning are a few open source visualizations. I expected much more.
The only good aspect from this course are the assignment checkers, which allow you to write your solutions in multiple languages.
I deeply regret the money and time I spent on this course.
автор: Sriragh K•
Jul 16, 2018
The course has multiple limitations and can improve a lot more. Two main issues I faced were these:Dynamic programming part one lectures were very poor and hard to understand as a result of which I had to view external sources to understand the topicSecondly, the idea of not showing test cases is a bit strange as understanding the failing test cases do not really come in the way of understanding algorithm, it simply makes the questions much harder and tedious to solve. This completely eliminates the purpose of the course and wastes the time of most students. I am a bit disappointed with this course and didn't see it as value for money.
автор: Supharerk T•
May 21, 2016
Update: As I proceed to wk 5, I know why there are some complaint on Dynamic programming,
Reduced to 2 stars. Lectures are totally useless for the assignment,
The course is really good until week 4 when it deteriorates very quick. No matter how many times I re-watch the lecture, I can't understand much. I ended up using wikipedia for the quiz instead :P
I can't use much of the course forum since there are too many posts there and it keep crashing my chrome.
This course gets my 3 stars from the first 3 weeks alone, otherwise it gonna be 0-2 stars.
автор: Ayan P•
Sep 24, 2020
I started the course to gain knowledge in algorithms but I am disappointed. Of course there are lots of assignments to do which kind of upgrade your skills. But I am disappointed with the way of explanation. The explanations are just like reading scripts. Also, they don't give the problem statement properly. I assignments, you would find the title of the problem but not the actual problem statement.
The instructors are very knowledgeable but I don't think their explanations are right up to the mark, at least not for me.
автор: Tsz Y W•
Jul 28, 2016
These two stars go to the instructor in week 1. I left the course after week 3 because I couldn't tolerate the accents of the instructors. I got frustrated starting from week 2 where I have to reread the subtitles to understand the material. Please let someone who can speak English fluently teach the course, please. The course goes kinds of fast, this is first course of the Specialization and it quickly jumps to Greedy algorithm, really? In general Algorithm course, it is usually taught late.
автор: Emilio B•
Jan 25, 2017
The videos and explanations are very poor. Most of the time the instructors are reading off a script, and everything feels fake. By reading off a script they are forced to "hand-wave" and do not explain concepts covered completely.
The only thing I liked about this course were the problem sets, which were interesting to do. Will not buy rest of specialization, feels like this is just a cash cow for UCSD.
автор: Richard Z•
May 04, 2019
I would say that the lecture part of this course is quite poor. The professor presents abstract concepts and pseudo-code without giving an example. It takes me a long time to figure out what the professor wants to say. He should've given out the example before explaining the concepts. The contents though is decent, and I learn a lot in his course.
автор: PRATIK A•
Jun 05, 2017
Course content was good. Explanation of various problems, solutions and algorithms could be made easier to understand by providing more (intuitive) examples. Overall, the course is good at gaining broad understanding of the different paradigms of algorithms.
автор: Piyush J•
Dec 20, 2019
I Didn't find it useful for learning as a beginner in algorithms and data structures. The level of the assignments was way too high than the content covered in the lectures and study material.
автор: Alexander T•
Jun 05, 2017
The time claimed as required for this course is wildly off.. It takes at least 3 times more than 4 hours, allotted for the weekly assignments. In a way, this makes this course very expensive.
автор: Sammya M•
Jun 03, 2020
Explanations are unnecessarily confusing and of very poor quality especially from week 5. One already has to be an expert in algorithms before taking this course.
Apr 25, 2020
The language of the lecturer is soo noisy and can't understand the words.
After Listening to the first lecture itself I'm unenrolling from the course.
автор: Die J•
May 04, 2016
Feedback in assignment is not good enough.
For example, for the points and segment, there are no correct answer in output as a reference.
Sep 19, 2020
The content should be more beginner friendly. It quickly transitions pace to intermediate level. I found week 3 to 5 very difficult.