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.
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.
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The course content is very good and is must have if you missed that stuff in colledge. It teaches of algorithmic analysis so you know which algorithm is more efficient, gives some examples of cool techniques and provides challenges to apply those techniques.
However, there are things that I hate about this course. First of all this is about forums. They are broken down into sessions and there are too little people on each session. Staff provides exactly zero help. If you are stuck, you have no hope on these forums and will need to find help somewhere else.
I do not like that we cannot see the test case where our program fails. Perhaps, if you could figure out a test case that might fail in your program that would make you a better programmer but I felt more like it was wasting of our time. The main thing is to analyze the test case that fails and understand why, it will bring the same result without wasting time and feeding anger,
Some lecturers have a strong Russian accent, that is very distracting. It is not a lot of work to take some English pronunciation training before making a course, isn't it?
Overall, I enrolled for the specialization and planned to buy it in full but bought only this course to start with. Now I am glad I did that because now I am not sure about buying the other courses and will look somewhere else first.
Anyway, the creators of the course have done a great job, which is highly appreciated. I believe you can make this course much better by fixing the issues I pointed above.
par Deeprashmi N•
The course is awesome and hold immense value for anyone who is new to the field of Computer Science or just wants to add to his or her repertoire the amazing world of Algorithms. Algorithms are the basic tool of any Computer Scientist and are still in constant demand and development. The course develops the knowledge of this very important topic starting off from the basic and slowly but steadily building towards the apex.
That said, the course sometimes becomes a bit heavy and multiple reviews of the same video is needed to completely understand a topic. Algorithms is not a topic made for spoon feeding and this course treats it this way.
The professors are awesome, each one with their own idiosyncrasies which is both fun and interesting at the same time. The level they go to to make a topic clear is appreciable. On this note I would really like to mention Prof. Alexander Kulikov for his brilliant way of teaching and making each topic his playground with his real life scenarios and "toy examples".
Overall, this course has blown me away. Thanks to all that made this course and in the end thanks to Coursera.
I learnt a lot! I loved the programming challenges given for each week. I made sure to solve all the problems and not just the required amount to pass the specific week, each week has a mix of easy, medium, hard problems. If you only do the required amount of problems to pass, then you might end up skipping the hard problems. The hard problems are challenging. One thing I did not like about the the course is help on issues posted in discussion forums, I did not get any help yet on the few times I posted in the forum. But many a times the questions one will have would be discussed previously, so make sure to go through the discussion forum to find if your question has already been discussed if you had one. I liked that they taught how to write stress tests, but its not easy to come up with naive solutions some times and this where better support from TA's would help.
There are a number of things I would improve, chief among them the forums are difficult to navigate or get meaningful info about what a solution might look like. Part of this is probably a (spoken) language issue, another is probably the level that people come to the course with. Also, at some points there are some true disconnects between what is taught and what you are expected to figure out. Other modules feel about right (week 5, for example). I feel like many of these issues could be resolved by 1) providing the data for the samples in the pdfs as part of the starter files, 2) managing the starter files as a github project where issues can be raised and tackled. Overall though, really great information and I am excited by the level of knowledge I've acquired through thinking about these ideas deeply over the last month.