Broke my hype and fantasies about ML and created a sophisticated interest and a new perspective on the real challenges. Very good teaching and excellent online learning platform (shoutout to coursera)
Loved the course. Andrew Sir explains the intuition behind the concepts really well. Excited to continue with the rest of the courses by him on my way to becoming an AI Engineer.\n\nThanks a lot, Sir!
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par Sam C•
I'm not crazy about online learning. There are certain aspects of classroom learning that online learning can't give. But as far as online learning goes, this course is probably about as good as it ever gets.
Prof. Ng gives very clear expositions of the fundamentals of machine learning. Anyone taking this class and completing the assignments will be ready to apply machine learning to at least some simpler real world problems and should be in a position to quickly pick up more advanced techniques for more complex problems.
The exams are fair (although I think some more work could have been done to make many of the questions less ambiguous). The programming assignments can be a time sink, but I don't think they could have been any shorter and still give valuable practice in using the techniques outlined in the lectures.
Students who already have a background in linear algebra or the basics of data analysis might find the pace of the class in the early units, where Prof. Ng deals with linear regression, to be rather slow. But if you can get through those early units, you will definitely find yourself dealing with new material (and occasionally appreciating the initial slow pace).
Octave/Matlab is the only language in which the assignments are accepted. I personally would have voted for python. But Prof. Ng spends a few lectures telling you all you need to know about Octave/Matlab, for the purposes of the course. (To save time, I would advise that you spend a day or two learning the language on your own before starting this course. That will allow you to stay that much more ahead of the due dates. But maybe that's just me.)
One word of warning is that, as a friend of mine said after taking a machine learning class in a traditional university classroom, this material makes machine learning accessible, but also takes the "magic" out of it. If you are impressed at how Netflix can be so good at recommending new movies for you to watch, well, after taking this class, you won't be impressed anymore. You'll probably be figuring that, yeah, they probably have some tricks I don't know about, but I could do 90% of what they're doing myself! Which actually means it's a good class!
One thing I definitely would have added are some words at the end of the course about what the "hot topics" are in machine learning, and suggestions about where to go from here, what topics would reward further study, and what books, websites etc. are available for studying them. For example, some words on where to study how and when machine learning turns into full blown artificial intelligence would be appreciated.
The only real gripe I have is that the assignment due dates really didn't give appropriate regard to how busy real life can get during the winter holidays. After all, the big selling point of online learning is flexibility! Right?
In summary: I figure this class is about as good as online learning will get. The instructor is very clear; the assignments are fair and useful. I would have done a few things differently, but nothing is ever perfect. This is a good class for anyone wanting to know the basics of machine learning. Four stars.
par Saideep G•
Very well made, well paced. Better than majority of college courses. Some errors do pop up midway through the course that should be addressed. It can be frustrating to push through these issues sometimes but they are the only thing keeping from 5 stars.
par Doreen B•
Well explained, at the end of this course you will understand the subject and hold coherent conversations about it. Matlab implementation relatively simple, maybe too much so. Highly recommended course.
par Moto G•
There is a lot to say about you Andrew sir but in few words - "Thank you very much for teaching us the ML concepts in such a beautiful manner "
par Mehdi E F•
Very instructive course.
It would have been great to get an OCR exercice at the end.
par Nils W•
Great course, but the sound quality is quite bad.
par Sai V P•
Better upgrade from matlab to Python
par Alexander S•
I think the rating depends on the expectations.
For a beginner with no prior background with Linear Algebra, statistics, Matlab etc, this is a good overview course (4 stars).
For a professional with prior background, I think this is a poor course (2 stars), because it fails to meet the expectation of learning a deeper understanding of the subject.
The materials covered were with low academic quality (suited for beginner students), any derivations or proofs are omitted if they are non-trivial. The theoretical background created is shallow. I didn't really get a good understanding of the fundamental tools and algorithms used in practical ML solutions, except for the simplest ones.
Yes, the course did give me some better background in ML. But the statement of Mr Ng that the course graduates are now ML experts is highly questionable.
In addition, there is a significant errata for part of the videos & slides - it would be nice to correct them. The fact that about a half of the course material has only slides (which are not always self-explanatory) and not structured course notes is also a point that I recommend improving.
par Stefano B•
Despite I guess the course has a pretty good coverage of the ML basics, it is definitely just an introductive class. In particular I was surprised by the low quality of the material.
The following are my notes and suggestions:
-- I found the lectures highly redundant, with many unnecessary repetitions
-- using a vector notation (like an arrow or a simple line on top of the letters) throughout the course would have make formulas much more readable
-- too much hand writing on the slides while talking: a better set of slides with blocks of text shown at the right moment would be much smoother and readable
-- very, very poor video editing (many times it's clear some parts of the videos were meant to be cut!!)
-- the desire to create a format suitable for people with a scarce algebra preparation lead to use not the appropriate terminology, which would be more correct and easier to understand. Just realize that ML is basically applied math, and without a good math knowledge it is almost pointless to approach the subject
par Eric S•
This course needs to be severely updated and fixed. It is mostly kept alive by the amazing community of mentors, in particular, Tom Mosher. Without Tom, I would have gotten extremely frustrated with the weird quirks that come about during assignments. One important piece of advice: if you can do assignments in an Octave environment such as GNU Octave 4.0.3, I'd strongly recommend it (Althought it tends to crash ofter, so save, save, save!!!).
par Vyacheslav G•
Sadly it's just introduction. And i would recommend to make course for python instead of matlab/octave
par Malcomb M•
Content was OK, but quality of teaching was fair at best -- important points glossed over, many not made clear at all, some simply omitted: Bayes classifiers, decision trees, etc, etc.. Audio visual quality of lectures poor. Ng's onscreen scrawls and voice recording were terrible, and there were many mistakes in graphics. Numerous typographical errors in exercise instruction .pdf's. Exercise text itself (ex__.m files) had numerous "pauses" that failed to instruct the user what he had to do (or not do) next, so you had to carefully examine what followed. If more care was put into exercise construction, the "pause" text in the command window would not just say "Enter to continue" but say what coding action was needed to continue. Obviously a lot of work has already been done on interactivity: Quizzes, online Submit scripts, which for me all worked extremely well. But clearly the course could use a lot of improvement in many aspects. Thus I grade it: C-
par Matthew C•
Dr. Yang does an excellent job explaining concepts and showing the detailed mechanics of any example he brings up. This being said, I felt the course offered more of an overview, and for anyone with a college statistics and programming course, this won't be very useful, frankly. The course didn't provide lots of new information, and I think much of the actual theory and implementation for ML and its applications would be better broken up into a series of more rigorous courses. This would however, be a good fit for someone working in management who needs a quick understanding of the most basic principles of ML.
par Vahid J•
-This was recorded a long time ago, may benefit from an updated; a lot of noise when Andrew is typing, very distracting; videos are not properly modified; many questions in quizzes are very confusing and sometime very opinionated (i.e., hard to figure out what is the correct answer based on the given information); early on the course material was great but its quality significantly dropped towards the end (unclear explanation, inconsistent notation, confusing explanation, a lot of "well ... let assume this the X function, we then call it this way").
par Arvind G•
I was able to finish the course material without a solid grasp of the basics. The assignments did not reflect conceptual understanding. For example, I don't have a precise idea of how backpropagation works even though I implemented it in code. I just had to look up the pseudocode and translate it. I also did not understand SVMs and recommender systems with precision (how they compare and contrast with other algorithms). I think it will be better if larger portion of the code is expected to be written by the student.
par Ranjit B•
While the contents are good and the teaching pace is just right, I am deeply disappointed by the lethargy of Coursera in not fixing trivial errors in its assessment tests. Answers for even some trivial questions are graded as incorrect. Those result in incorrect grading and a frustration. When I am paying to get the assessments and a completion certificate, this is just NOT acceptable!
par Deleted A•
Sound clarity is so poor sometime the volume is very low and some point it too hight, how can we concentrate on the course. Online course are stand on two main pillar video and audio, video s good but audio 2/5.
Material of this course could be presented much deeper. Mr. Ng tries to avoid mathematical explanations.
par Timothy B•
Out of date, and video quality bad enough to be distracting
par Loftur e•
Assignments are very messy.
par Mim A•
Like a bad math teacher, this instructor can make you hate ML forever!
The instructor just starts typing formulas without even bothering to describe what is what and what he is doing!! even if you are already an ML expert (not calling myself one, but I have experience in this field), you would have difficulty figuring out what he is doing. he sometimes mentions what is what in a formula he wrote weeks ago!
Essentially you have to go back and forth between his notes and videos trying to decipher just what he's saying..
I have tried to go through this course twice, finished week 3, and did not think if I learned anything significant, I was thinking of forcing myself through it and get the certificate, but then asked myself, is this the best way to learn ML (if at all) or am I essentially wasting my time ( and worst, making myself hate ML ), and decided to drop the course immediately and pick a better one! one that makes sense to me..
I suggest you do the same, try this course, maybe it was just me, but if not, don't let it change your perspective of learning ML!