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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 Raj S

Jun 24, 2019

Unique, Helpful, I am always eager to solve problems

By Oscar D Z R

Mar 5, 2021

Good course for intermediate students and so on.


Jun 22, 2019

Good lectures and programming assignments !

By Umang G

Jun 17, 2019

it was good learning and excellent

By Ranjeet K M

Jun 10, 2019

An amazing course for Algo Lovers.

By Subash T

Jun 6, 2019

It was a very productive course

By Воробьев А А

Jun 2, 2019

Extremely useful course.

By Suman B

Jun 22, 2019


By Himanshu P

Jun 23, 2019

Exceptional material!

By Bhawana C

Jun 16, 2019

it is a nice course!

By Manish K J

Jun 18, 2019

Highly Recommended.

By Aditya T

Jun 22, 2019

Excellent intro


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By Oleh H

Aug 14, 2022

This course requires a solid understanding of basic algorithms to be able to solve programming assignments. It wasn't clear why this course is the first in this specialization as seems like Dynamic Programming is a more advanced topic than those discussed in the second course in this specialization.

I disagree with the idea of not sharing test cases as some edge cases are super hard to be noticed on your own and sometimes just by examining a test case, one may understand the problem. But instead, one may be disoriented after getting a "wrong answer" without any other hints.

By Omkar P

Feb 17, 2021

the over all course is excellent but the last weeks (dynamic programming week) is hard to understand. make deep dive videos tutorial on dynamic programming specially <Longest common sub-sequence> and <edit distance between two strings> my experience for this weeks is not to good. my rating for the Dynamic Programming week is ** / ***** (2 star out of 5)

By Santiago P R

Sep 13, 2020

The course subjects are nice, and the problems are interesting, I only have a couple of issues. Dynamic Programming issues are poorly covered, not as the rest of the topics, and sometimes you struggle more with language-specific caveats than the problem itself, definitely, the programming language options should be wider

By Moaaz

Mar 17, 2019

The course content is really great. It helps with learning algorithms in a very neat and organised way.

However, the grading system is little bit hard to use. It is not interactive by any means and breaks sometimes with changing behavior.

By Oved D

Jun 26, 2022

I liked the possibility to submit Python programs and get evaluated.

Sometime the reply was just "wrong answer", which is not helpful.

Also, the lecturers work too fast on new concepts, which make the lectures hard to follow.

By Mengyong L

Sep 25, 2020

Pretty good, lots of good practice but it gets extremely difficult later in the course. And since this is just the first course of the specialization, I think this specialization is going to be tough as hell

By Prabhuyadav P

Oct 24, 2018

language of professor in a dynamic programming part 1 is tough to understand and makes he concept even harder to understand through videos.(this is only for week5)

By Akshay M

Sep 13, 2020

Course tends to get really difficult in the dynamic programming weeks but nonetheless it is very carefully crafted for maximum clarity of concepts.

By Brian E

Mar 31, 2019

The lectures are hit and miss. Some are helpful, and others are pretty hard to follow. The coding challenges are helpful.

By Ashish V

Sep 16, 2022


The course was quite good but not for absolute beginners. Many things you will have to research yourself.