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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 Aryan R

Aug 20, 2019

I thought this course would be better, since I saw many awesome things in it. But to me, and I've seen for so many other, it gets really tough as the weeks go by. I want to learn, but this simply isn't being helpful to me OR making me learn something.

By Jamie N

Nov 16, 2020

This is really bad, they offer the solution without explaining the problem really. I stopped after the first week because I thought they'd teach you about it, not offer completed solutions where you don't learn anything

By Manasa B

Sep 1, 2019

pseudo codes are only written, not explained. Even the lemmas were quite difficult to understand from the video. Assignments are great, but concepts could not be cleared.

By Spencer W

Aug 14, 2021

Problem statements were not clear. Instruction was not well oriented to problem solving. Not showing the fail cases on programs caused much less efficient learning.

By Amr A F

May 30, 2020

This is the worst course i have ever participated in

when i upload the code you get failed case without knowing the error even though the code works perfectly

By Mauricio L C A

Sep 25, 2022

The course is designed to people who want to remember, not to learn. Some of the explanations are incorrect and some of the tests are actually wrongly made.

By Suryansh J

Dec 7, 2019

The grading method is not user-friendly at all. I spent more time figuring out how to submit my assignment rather than working on my assignment.

Not happy

By Balaji M

May 2, 2020

Presentation slides are poor. if sometimes presentation are too complex on that time we better to use whiteboard.

By Joshua C

May 23, 2024

Negative Stars; avoid at all costs. Why? The quizzes and programming assignments are janky and vague AF.

By Marek M

Dec 5, 2022

Instruction to the programming are hidden in som pdf. Not where they should be. Right next to tester.


Aug 24, 2022

Really really bad. Confusing and even doesn't give an brief explaination to those simple concepts.

By Ankit G

Aug 24, 2020

Too confusing, No Proper Explanation. I didn't no gain anything from this course. Worst course.

By Rob M

Jul 18, 2020

I want to drop this course but I cannot navigate Coursera to do so.

By 包清扬

Jun 25, 2021

Not so good

I even don't know the grammar. hard to understand

By Khaled M A

Feb 28, 2020

i learn everything from youtube not from your course !!!!

By Jibendu P

Jul 13, 2021

The process of uploading the solutions is difficult

By alex t

Dec 31, 2022

it appears that no one answer past questions

By Risheedhar V

Jul 18, 2021

not optional programming languages

By Anuj B

Mar 28, 2021

the codes aren't getting submitted

By Shirsho D R

Nov 27, 2021

Very poorly structured


Jun 16, 2020

Too boring and lengthy

By Mohamed Y

Aug 5, 2022

I need my certificate

By Vladyslav K

Dec 21, 2022

Russians in course

By Gaurav M

Mar 18, 2021

Too Tough for me


Aug 30, 2020

It was too bad.