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About the Course

This online course covers basic algorithmic techniques and ideas for computational problems arising frequently in practical applications: sorting and searching, divide and conquer, greedy algorithms, dynamic programming. We will learn a lot of theory: how to sort data and how it helps for searching; how to break a large problem into pieces and solve them recursively; when it makes sense to proceed greedily; how dynamic programming is used in genomic studies. You will practice solving computational problems, designing new algorithms, and implementing solutions efficiently (so that they run in less than a second)....

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Jan 19, 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.


Jan 19, 2021

The course was really amazing which provided deep knowledge from basic to advance that how algorithms works and how to design algorithms. Thanks to all the expert teachers who taught in this course.

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By Chetan

Dec 20, 2023

The questions are not provided with clarity, and failed test cases are not visible, which creates difficulties. While learning this course, I realized that it is more of a revision-type course.

By Josh B

Nov 26, 2023

I did gain valuable learning. Some feedback is that it can be hard to find material and some material is labeled wrong. For instance there is no week 6 labeled in the problem statement pdf.

By Stefan M

Mar 31, 2018

Nick Rhodes' video sections are terrible: He stumbles, mumbles, and mis-speaks (words don't match slides). It would be fine for a live lecture, but for something pre-recorded, it's awful.

By Shubham C

Jun 14, 2017

It was a good course...But the gene problem was left to be solved and on top of all please take instructors so can speak british english,It was quite difficult to understand their accent.

By pratik

Jan 29, 2017

1 professor just did not make sense to me. do not just read out the pseudo code but instead try to visually show whats happening step by step with arrows and calculations from scratch

By Khaled A

Aug 29, 2020

The course starts well but then falls especially in the dynamic programming part. The explanation should be at least comprehensible for those with an average level in mathematics.

By Abhishek S

Apr 19, 2020

There should be more illustrations and a more comprehensive introduction to every topic.

Discussion of a topic formally before introduction to the problems would be better.

By Sreenuj C M

Jan 2, 2017

The materials covered are not enough to fully explore the topics. Should include much more detailed explanations especially when explaining some of the complex algorithms.

By vikas g

Apr 27, 2021

The content of this course is good. The explanation in the lectures could have been better. But overall the course helped me learn some good algorithms. Thanks.

By Max K

Apr 9, 2017

Есть множество недочётов как в субтитрах, так и в самих слайдах. Кто-то употребляет Тета, кто-то О большое, субтитры ужасны, местами перевод совершенно не тот.

By Bhavya K

Aug 10, 2020

it was very difficult and sometimes very frustrating to understand some of the lecturer because of their very thick accent. other than that it was good.


Jul 15, 2020

could not find out whats wrong with programming assignments. Atleast we should be able to see what test case we are failing. Assignments managed poorly.

By Nidhi G

May 13, 2020

It could have been better with some programming examples. It became very difficult to grasp the algorithm especially in the dynamic programming section

By Rafael D d D

Apr 26, 2020

I find difficult to do the programming assigments without lots of extra reading and lectures from other sources. More explanation and examples needed

By Mick S

Jan 20, 2018

While it is possible to muddle through this course and retain some of it, understanding some higher math and Big O notation is pretty essential.

By MD. R H

Jul 29, 2020

Dynamic programming sections should be more decorated and contained more lectures to improve gradually and create control over this topic...

By Ashish D

Jan 16, 2020

The pseudo-code is not that good to understand quickly. Please can you code in one language say C++? It will be easy to understand that way.

By Masudul H Q

Jul 8, 2017

Some of the lectures are poorly explained, you'll need to review those 2-3 times to understand. Other than that, good course for beginners.

By Han, D

Jan 6, 2020

it would be better to change the way to submit assignment. its hard to coding in local and upload file every time to check my code.

By Calvin T

Sep 22, 2020

The accent is sometimes difficult to understand. The course structure and syllabus are good but the assignments are very unclear.

By Ghumdan A

Aug 30, 2019

This course is very useful and widens one's brain. However, I always felt there was something missing in the explanation

By Ali A

Jun 26, 2017

The best thing about this course is the assignments but the course material needs to be discussed in a better way

By Raghav K

Jun 2, 2020

The person who teaches ...His accent is quite different and difficult to understand the course was good

By Maksat H

Jan 7, 2017

Lectures are very confusing. Instructors should use white boarding to explain codes. Difficult to follow them.

By Muskan J

Jul 5, 2020

This course is great in providing lectures but programming assignments are so long it will take so much time